First day of Eid on September 12

Arafat Day will be on September 11

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has declared September 11 as Arafat Day, with the first day of Eid Al Adha falling on Monday, September 12.

The UAE’s official news agency, Wam, also reported on the sighting of Eid Al Adha 'Dhu al-Hijjah' crescent, most of the Islamic countries detected the crescent on Thursday, September 1 (29th of Dhu al-Qi'dah), the same day of the solar eclipse.

Based on the moon sighting, the month of Dhu al-Hijjah begins on Saturday, September 3.

Therefore, September 11 will be the (Day of Arafah), and September 12, the first Eid Al Adha day.

While there is no official word as yet on holidays for the public and private sectors in the UAE, private sector employees will most likely have holidays from September 9 to 13 and resume work on Wednesday, September 14.

For public sector, which generally enjoys a four-day break on Eid Al Adha, government employees could have six days off from September 9 to 14 if the current Hijri month of Dhul Hijjah ends after 30 days.

The public sector in the UAE enjoyed nine-day break for Eid Al Fitr this year.

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