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Eid Al Adha 2024: The UAE public holiday is expected to be five days

Eid Al Adha 2024 is predicted to begin on Monday, 17 June

If the Eid Al-Fitr weekend didn’t feel long enough, then we have some exciting news. It’s not that long until the next public holiday in the UAE, Eid Al Adha 2024, and it’s expected to be a whopping five days. So, jot these down in your diary and start planning your time off.

The Day of Arafat marks the day Prophet Muhammad PBUH delivered a farewell sermon on Mount Arafat. Arafat Day has been predicted by the Emirates Astronomy Society to take place on Sunday, 16 June. If that is the case, Eid Al Adha 2024 will fall on Monday, 17 June and mark the start of a three-day public holiday in the UAE. If you count the weekend, this creates a five-day break. 

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Emirates Astronomy Society, confirmed that Thursday, 20 June will likely be the end of Tashriq and the end of the Hajj season.

Eid Al Adha – which means “festival of the sacrifice” – commemorates Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ishmail. The festival observes how Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmail, as an act of obedience to Allah. However, before the sacrifice took place, Allah stopped Ibrahim and he was given a lamb to kill in his son’s place. 

Eid Al Adha also coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah – this is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all Muslims are required to make the trip at least once in their lives. 

The accuracy of the days is based on the phases of the moon, and will be confirmed by the moon sighting committee. 

GO: Visit www.uaebarq.ae for more information.

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