Revealed: Eid Al Fitr holidays in the UAE

Eid holiday Dubai

Public and private sector holidays for Eid Al Fitr have been announced in the UAE, and it looks like everyone is in for a long weekend.

Naturally, when the Eid holidays actually fall depends on the movements of the moon. The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation says that the first two days of Shawwal, the month following Ramadan, will be given as holidays. When exactly the first two days of Shawwal arrive is decided on by the Moon Sighting Committee.

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However, we do know that, whatever the committee decides, the private sector is in for a long weekend. Eid will either fall on Sunday, 25 June, or Monday, 26 June. If it falls on Sunday, we’ll get Saturday, Sunday and Monday off as paid holidays, and return to work on Tuesday. If Eid falls on Monday, though, we’ll get the whole week up to Wednesday off.

As is usual, public sector workers get a little more time off for Eid. If the first day of Eid falls on Sunday, public sector employees will be off until Wednesday, 28 June. But if Eid falls on Monday, they’ll get the whole of next week off.

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