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

    29-Oct-2013 18:23

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

  • Shah

    29-Oct-2013 17:59

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

  • Karren Jake

    29-Oct-2013 17:39

    The information should be given clearly ahead of time so there would be no confusion like this.

  • Muhammad Waseem Aslam

    29-Oct-2013 17:18

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

  • Tosif

    29-Oct-2013 16:56

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

  • AT

    29-Oct-2013 16:54

    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 happens every year!!

  • Mansoor Riaz

    29-Oct-2013 16:54

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

  • Jasana

    29-Oct-2013 16:51

    Just ruined Diwali

  • JL

    29-Oct-2013 16:45

    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

    29-Oct-2013 16:39

    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 per the Islamic calendar. Urgent attention of the officials, appreciated.


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