The UAE has announced a 9-day long holiday in connection with Eid al-Fitr. Federal government staff will be given one week off for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday runs from Saturday, April 30 to Friday, May 6. In addition, federal government employees will be able to enjoy a total of nine days off as it is a Saturday-Sunday weekend.
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the month following Ramadan in the Hijri calendar. According to astronomical estimates, this year’s Eid al-Fitr is expected to fall on May 2.
Generally, government and private sector employees are given five days off from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. According to the Gregorian calendar, the holiday lasts from April 30 to May 4. However, the UAE has decided to extend the holiday by two days. The Federal Government Cabinet had announced. Government employees are scheduled to return to work on Monday, May 9th.
Earlier, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emirati Affairs had announced that private sector employees would be entitled to paid leave from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. No announcement has been made about the extension of leave in the private sector.