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02 October 2023

UAE FNC to discuss call for holidays during last 10 days of Ramadan

FNC member requests last 10 days of Holy Month to be declared holidays for government staff. (Mustafa Kasmi)

By Mohammed Al Sadafy

Musapah Al Ketbi, a member of the Federal National Council (FNC) from Sharjah had called for issuing a decision to consider the last 10 days of Ramadan as holiday for government sector employees.

Hussain Al Hamadi, the UAE Minister of Education and the head of The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources will respond to Musapah Al Ketbi's request during the next session of the FNC on Tuesday, May 19.

Al Ketbi had submitted the request to the General Secretariat of the FNC, which set the meeting to discuss the issue raised. 

The request was based on several reasons among which he had said that holidays during the last 10 days of Ramadan will offer an opportunity for better i'tikaaf and worship.

He also mentioned that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, allocated 29th Ramadan each year as official holiday.

He pointed out that the 10 days requested would have two weekends between them (four days), therefore, in the last 10 days of Ramadan, only five extra days would be given off to government employees.

Balagid said several countries give holidays during the last 10 days of the Holy Month, such as Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, he also based his request on the fact that by the last 10 days of Ramadan, the body gets exhausted. Especially, the elderly, pregnant women and adolescents could be stressed out and experience fatigue after fasting during the first 20 days of Ramadan.

It would also give an opportunity to people to perform Umrah.

He also stressed that the fears of downtime during the requested 10 days can be overcome by organizing work on shifts in each ministry or government department, as done in Saudi Arabia.

Al Ketbi appealed to decision-makers to respond to his request.