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Eid Al Fitr : UAE Residents Could Enjoy an Extended 9-Day Holiday

Eid al-Fitr

Attention UAE residents, mark your calendars because the longest public holiday of the year is fast approaching, with less than a month to go. In April, residents could savor up to nine consecutive days off to commemorate the Islamic festival Eid Al Fitr, following the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. This means both private and public sector employees can relish an extended break without dipping into their 30-day annual leave.

Contrary to astronomical calculations, the sighting of the crescent Moon, which signifies the start of a new month in the Islamic Hijri calendar, was confirmed in the UAE on Sunday evening, March 10. Consequently, March 11 marked the commencement of Ramadan.

As is customary with Islamic calendar months, Ramadan will span either 29 or 30 days, contingent upon the sighting of the Moon. Eid Al Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the month succeeding Ramadan.

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According to the official list of holidays released by the UAE government for both public and private sectors, residents will enjoy a respite from Ramadan 29 until Shawwal 3 to observe Eid Al Fitr. Should Ramadan extend to 30 days, Eid falls on April 10. Conversely, if Ramadan lasts 29 days, the festival will be on April 9.

Here’s how the holiday period will unfold under both scenarios:

  • If Ramadan lasts 30 days: The Eid break spans from Monday, April 8 (Ramadan 29), through Friday, April 12 (Shawwal 3). Factoring in the preceding and succeeding Saturday-Sunday weekends, this totals nine days off, from Saturday, April 6, to Sunday, April 14.
  • If Ramadan lasts 29 days: In this scenario, residents will enjoy six days off, inclusive of the weekend. The Eid break will stretch from Monday, April 8 (Ramadan 29), to Thursday, April 11. Considering the weekend prior to the break, this equates to a total of six days off, from Saturday, April 6, to Thursday, April 11.

The Eid Al Fitr holiday marks the second public holiday of the year, following New Year’s Day on January 1. The subsequent break will be observed for the Islamic festival of Eid Al Adha in June, affording residents a four-day holiday, excluding the weekend. This will be followed by holidays for Islamic New Year on Muharram 1 in July and Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in September. Finally, the year will conclude with a public holiday commemorating UAE National Day on December 2 and 3.

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