9-day Eid Al Adha break for public sector? 4-day for private?

Eid Al Adha may fall on Sunday, October 5, 2014, according to the Chairman of Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP). If this is the case, the public sector in the UAE might be once again looking forward to a nine-day holiday break.

Eid could also fall on October 4, however, Mohammed Shawkat Awda, was quoted as saying in 'Al Bayan'.

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.

If this is the case, it will include schools as well. Count the weekend (Oct 3-4) before and the one after (Oct 10-11) and the UAE may be looking at nine days off.

Again, given previous precedent, private sector may get two days off, which is till Tuesday, October 7, in which case with the preceding weekend it will become a 4-day break.

For Eid Al Fitr this year, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources had declared a five-day holiday for Federal ministries and agencies, which became a nine-day break with the weekends on either side.

Click to read: Eid likely on October 4 or 5: Icop Chairman

ERC allocates about Dh20m for Eid Al Adha projects

Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has announced the commencement of Eid Al Adha projects campaign this year under the theme: "Their joy is our Eid". ERC has allocated about Dh20 million to cover the expenses of the campaign, which includes distributing sacrificial animals, Eid clothing and arranging for Hajj, reports WAM.

Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General, ERC, said at the inauguration of campaign that this year’s campaign aims at painting smiles on faces of deprived children by providing them clothes, offering sacrificial animals to deprived families and arranging pilgrimage (Hajj) to those who cannot afford.

"The success of this campaign depends on philanthropists and ERC partners in the humanitarian work, who do not spare any effort to support ERC projects", he said, hoping that effective charity donors will response positively to the campaign.

Dr. Al Falahi said the ERC is the top charity body, as it meets relief calls worldwide, thanks to the directives of the UAE leadership in this respect.

Rashid Mubarak Al Mansouri, Deputy Chairman for Local Affairs, ERC, said at a press conference held at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, that the campaign targets thousands of needy people in and outside the UAE.

The sponsors of the campaign are Dubai Islamic Bank and Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society. [WAM]

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