Based on the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, has issued a circular on Eid Al Adha holidays for Federal ministries and agencies.
The holidays will start from Friday, October 3, 2014, until Monday, October 6, 2014.
That is a four-day holiday break for the festival. All Federal employees will return to work on Tuesday, October 7.
Three-day Eid Al Adha holiday for private sector
All employees of private sector institutions and private sector companies in the UAE will get a paid Eid Al Adha holiday from Friday October 3 (corresponding to Dhul Hijjah 9) until Sunday October 5, on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.
This came in a circular issued by Saqr bin Ghobash, Minister of Labour, in accordance with provisions of Article 74 of Federal Law No. 08 of 1980 concerning the regulation of labour relations, and its amendments, which states that the Eid Al Adha holiday and Arafa Day will be three days.
Eid on October 4; UAE residents await decision on holidays
Saudi Supreme Court says first day of Dhul-Hijjah month is tomorrow, Thursday
Eid Al Adha will fall on Saturday October 4, 2014, in Saudi Arabia, accordng to Saudi Supreme Court as the crescent moon has been sighted.
This was after the Saudi Supreme Court had called on all Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent moon of the month of Dhul-Hijjah on Wednesday evening, 29th of Dhul-Qi'dah, 1435 AH corresponding to September 24, 2014.
Arafat Day will be on Friday October 3. Consequently, Eid Al Adha would begin on Saturday, October 4.
With Eid Al Adha falling on a Saturday in Saudi Arabia, there are little chances of extended holidays in the UAE even as GCC peer Kuwait has given the entire week off to its residents, resulting in nine days of holidays.
UAE residents are now eagerly awaiting the official confirmation on the length of the break they will get early next month.
The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia had requested in its announcement that whomsoever sees the crescent of the month of Dhul-Hijjah with naked eyes or binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony or report to the nearest centre to facilitate his reaching of the court.
It also urged all Muslims to sight the crescent for the cooperation of all in righteousness and piety.
Shorter Eid Al Adha holidays in UAE? Could Eid fall on October 4?
The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia has called on all Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent moon of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, on Wednesday evening, 29th of Dhul-Qi'dah, 1435 AH corresponding to September 24, 2014.
The court requested in its announcement that whomsoever sees the crescent of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, with naked eyes or binoculars, to report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the nearest center to facilitate his reaching of the court.
It also urges all Muslims to sight the crescent for the cooperation of all in righteousness and piety.
If sighted, Arafat Day would be Friday October 3. Consequently, Eid Al Adha would begin on Saturday, October 4. If so, holidays would be shorter and may not extend for the whole working week.
But, with about two weeks still to go and depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid Al Adha may also fall on Sunday, October 5, 2014, according to the Chairman of Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP). However, Eid may well fall on October 4, as Mohammed Shawkat Awda was quoted as saying in the 'Al Bayan' daily.
UAE residents are eagerly awaiting the official confirmation on the length of the break they will get early next month.
If Eid Al Adha does fall on Sunday (October 5), a nine-day holiday break could well be in store for employees working in the country’s public sector.
While an official announcement will come closer to the actual dates, going by past precedent, public sector employees in the UAE could enjoy a nine-day break, including weekends. October 5 is a Sunday, and as has been the case previously, five days of public holidays may well be declared – till Thursday, October 9.
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