Private sector Islamic New Year holiday is Saturday, November 2

Ministry of Labour announces November 2 as a holiday for private sector

26 Gulf News

Dubai: Islamic New Year (Hijri) falls on Tuesday, November 5, according to Islamic Crescent Observation Project. However, workers in the private sector — who usually work a six-day week — will be granted a day off earlier in the lead-up to the celebration.

The Ministry of Labour announced on Monday that Saturday, November 2, will be the official holiday for the Islamic New Year for private sector. A circular was issued on Monday by Saqr Gobash, Minister of Labour.

As for public sector and schools who usually get their weekly days off on Friday and Saturday, the Cabinet approved Sunday, November 3, to be the Islamic New Year holiday. With holidays granted earlier, there will be no disruption in work routines.

The Cabinet, however did not differentiate between workers in the private and the public sectors, but yesterday’s circular by the ministry of labour explains that November 2 would be the official day off for workers in the private sector.

Private sector companies which work a five-day week could still give their employees a day off on November 3 in order to equate their employees with those in the public sector or stick to the Ministry of Labour circular. Some companies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have already announced November 3 as the Hijri holiday.

Gobash extended his heartfelt congratulations to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Their Highnesses members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates.


  • Tom

    Oct 29, 2013 6:23

    Not at all fair decision, let the holiday be on the day as perthe Islamic calendar. Urgent attention of the officials, appreciated.

  • Shah

    Oct 29, 2013 5:59

    For employees from those companies which work for 5 days a week, thework load of the 6th day is distributed over the other 5 days. i.e 9hours per day rather than 8 hours per day. By this rule we 've lost aholiday, and is not getting any benefit out of it. It's like a normalweekend and we need to work 48 hrs for this week as well..

  • Karren Jake

    Oct 29, 2013 5:39

    The information should be given clearly ahead of time so there would beno confusion like this.

  • Muhammad Waseem Aslam

    Oct 29, 2013 5:18

    The announcement is good for private sector employees working onSaturday but many private companies has Saturday as non working day likethe government organizations. So the mentioned announcement hasdishearten this category ( already having holiday on Saturday). Theauthorities should have thought about these workers because it is alsotheir right to celebrate new Islamic Year (unfortunately announced onnon-designated day)

  • Tosif

    Oct 29, 2013 4:56

    This reminds me my Ex employer, before Eid he reward us bonus money, andafter Eid he redeem the reward money by deducting it from our salaries.

  • AT

    Oct 29, 2013 4:54

    The holiday should be declared on the day which it falls on! Muharam is same to both public and private .I don't understand why this happensevery year!!

  • Mansoor Riaz

    Oct 29, 2013 4:54

    When the first announcement was made, many companies including mine announced a holiday on Sunday. Most employees already planned for thelonger weekend. Suddenly the second announcement came by the LaborMinistry and our joy was ruined as most companies cancelled the holiday.Instead of arranging seminars and other efforts to attract nationals toprivate sectors, if the holidays on such occasions are unified, thenational staff will automatically get attracted to private sector.

  • Jasana

    Oct 29, 2013 4:51

    Just ruined Diwali

  • JL

    Oct 29, 2013 4:45

    The inconsistencies on announcing the date of the holiday was really disturbing. Declaration of holidays for Public and Private employees has always been biased and unjust. I have to agree with all comments of these people. We are all human being and we deserve fair treatment.

  • kean

    Oct 29, 2013 4:39

    The holiday shouldn't be change in anyway as only Private sector sacrifice for this... wish it should be fair to anyone working here.

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Not at all fair decision, let the holiday be on the day as perthe Islamic calendar. Urgent attention of the officials, appreciated.


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