It's official now. Thursday, June 6, has been declared a holiday for the public and private sectors, extending the weekend to three days.
Thursday June 6 will be a paid official holiday for all workers of private sector companies and enterprises nationwide to observe the anniversary of Isra Wal Miraj, according to a circular issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour.
The resolution comes in pursuanceto the provisions of Article 74 of the Federal Law No.8 of 1980 concerning the regulation of labour relations and its amendments.
The Minister of Labour congratulated the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates on this occasion.
Ghobash also greeted the government and people of the UAE and residents on the occasion, wishing more progress and prosperity to Arab and Muslim nations.
A holiday has also been declared for public sectors employees. Ministries and other federal offices will be closed on June 6 and will reopen on June 9.
According to Hijri (Islamic) calendar, Israa wal Mairaj holiday is expected to fall on Thursday, June 6, 2013, just before the start of the weekend – Friday and Saturday. It means the weekend will extend to three days on June 6 (Thursday), June 7 (Friday) and June 8 (Saturday).