Eid Al Fitr is traditionally a three-day festival after Ramadan to mark the end of fasting, but where you work depends on how much time off you could have.
If you work in the private sector:
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation says that if Shawwal 1 (the first day of Eid) falls on Friday, both the 15th and 16th will be paid vacation days for all private sector employees who usually work on these days. If Shawwal 1 is called on Saturday (16th June), Sunday will also be a paid holiday for private sector workers, with work resuming as normal on Monday (17th June).
Of course, we don’t know exactly when Eid will fall until the sighting of the new moon. The final confirmation will come from the Abu Dhabi-based moon sighting committee.
For the public sector:
Government workers will enjoy a long weekend for Eid. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced on social media that Eid Al Fitr holidays in the UAE will begin from Thursday (14th June), the 29th day of Ramadan.
It’s confirmed that the holiday for public sector employees will last until the 3rd of Shawwal, which could be either Sunday (17th June) or Monday (18th June), depending on whether Eid begins on Friday or Saturday.
Good news kids. All schools will close on Thursday and Sunday. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has asked parents to keep an eye out for news about what’s happening on Monday.
Whether it’s a long one for you or not, we’ll definitely have a round-up of the best things to do this weekend, so stay tuned.