Eid al-Adha holiday announced for public and private sector

Eid al-Adha falls on 21st August, it has been confirmed.


In the United Arab Emirates, this means three days off mid-week for private sector workers. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced the holiday on Twitter.

Time off begins on Monday, 20th August and ends on Wednesday, 22nd August.

On Saturday, the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates announced a week-long holiday for government workers. The public sector will be out of the office from Sunday, 19th to Thursday, 23rd August, according to government news agency WAM. Work will resume on Sunday, 26th August.

Celebrate Eid in Abu Dhabi

What is Eid Al Adha?

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 sheep and the meat is shared between families and those in need, to remember the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail.

Also known as the Greater Eid, it marks the end of Hajj, the five-day religious journey that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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