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UAE holiday: Eid al-Fitr expected to fall on 10 April

A nine-day holiday has been announced for the public sector.

UAE residents, Eid al-Fitr is just around the corner which means if you haven’t planned your holidays yet, there’s still time. While a potential nine-day holiday was proposed earlier, the UAE government has now confirmed the same. That’s right, public sector employees will get to enjoy a long break this Eid al-Fitr.

The UAE government always announces its Eid break from 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal. This means public sector employees will get a nine-day long Eid Al Fitr break starting on Monday, 8 April 2024.

Taking to platform X, formerly Twitter, the UAE Media Office shared: “UAE Cabinet has mandated a one-week Eid Al Fitr holiday for the federal government.”

Let us break it down for you how it totals up to nine days. The Holy Month of Ramadan began on Monday, 11 March and with the month usually spanning 30 days, Eid Al Fitr 2024 is expected to fall on Wednesday, 10 April 2024.

In fact, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Astronomy Society shared: “The birth of the Shawal crescent will coincide with the occurrence of a total solar eclipse on 8 April, its birth before midnight will mean that it can be seen after sunset in most parts of the Islamic world.”

Friday, 12 April will mark 3 Shawwal, which is the end of the official holidays. But the end of the week-long break comes with yet another weekend which means you get an additional two days off. So from Saturday, 6 April until Sunday, April 14, you can relax before resuming work on Monday, April 15.

Even if Ramadan lasts 29 days and Eid falls on Tuesday, 9 April, you still get to enjoy six days off. From Monday, 8 April, until Thursday, 11 April, you’ll be off work. Combine that with the preceding weekend, which starts on Saturday, 6 April, and voila, you’ve nearly got a week of holidays.

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t booked your flights or those staycations, now’s the time.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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