Eid Al Fitr holidays announced for public sector in the UAE

Eid al-Fitr
The moon-sighting committee will convene on the night of Ramadan 29

The Eid Al Fitr holidays for the UAE federal government employees have been announced. Public sector employees in the country are likely to get either four or five-day long breaks, depending on the moon sighting.

Eid Al Fitr holiday starts from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3 according to UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).

The holidays could begin from 20th April – 23rd April depending on the Shawwal moon sighting. Regular working hours would then resume on 24th April.

According to the International Astronomical Centre, the first day of Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall on 21st April in most Islamic countries.

The UAE’s moon-sighting committee will convene on the night Ramadan 29 to confirm the dates of Eid. The start date of the break does not depend on when the moon is sighted as Ramadan 29 falls on 20th April. If the moon is spotted on that night, the break is from 20th April to 23rd April.

As per astronomical calculations, these are the most likely dates as the holy month is expected to last for 29 days.

Residents will get an additional day off if the moon is not spotted on that night. In this case, the break would be from 20th to 24th April.


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