A four day public and private holiday has been announced for the occasion of Eid Al Adha.
The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) confirmed in a tweet that in the UAE, Arafat day will fall on 9th Dhu Al Hijjah 1440, with Eid Al Adha following on the 11th, 12th, 13th of that same Islamic month.
The official Gregorian calendar dates will depend on a moon sighting, but Eid Al Adha is expected to fall on Sunday, 11th August – with Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th also taken as total of three paid holidays for both the public and private sectors.
What is Eid Al Adha?
Muslims around the world will mark the feast of the sacrifice.
Celebrated in Muslim countries around the globe, Eid Al Adha translates as ‘Feast of the Sacrifice.’ It is customary for Muslims to sacrifice a goat or a sheep and the meat is shared between families and those in need, to remembers the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
Also known as the Greater Eid, it also marks the end of Hajj, the five-day religious journey that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.