Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha prayers in Dubai Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

Highlights

  • The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has announced the Eid Al Adha holidays for the private and public sector in the UAE.
  • Arafat Day will be observed on 9 Dhu Al Hijjah 1440 and Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on 10, 11, and 12 of the Islamic month, says FAHR
  • The private sector will also benefit from the four-day holiday in August, says the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE)

Dubai: The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced on Thursday the Eid Al Adha holidays for the private and public sector in the UAE.

On its official Twitter account, FAHR confirmed that Arafat Day will be observed on 9 Dhu Al Hijjah 1440 and Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on 10, 11, and 12 of the Islamic month.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) also confirmed that the private sector will benefit from the four-day holiday in August.

The announcement was made in a circular issued by Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of MOHRE.

The circular was issued in accordance with the decision of the UAE Cabinet earlier this year, which approved national holidays for the year 2019-2020, and granted the private sector the same number of holidays as the public sector.

The ninth day of Dhu Al Hijjah, the month in the Islamic calendar, corresponds to Arafat Day while Eid takes place on the 10th day.

Dhu Al Hijjah is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar and marks the date for the pilgrimage to Makkah.

When will Eid take place?

Eid Al Adha is most likely to fall on August 11, according to the scientific calculations of Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, director of the International Astronomy Centre in Abu Dhabi.

Based on the prediction, residents can look forward to a long weekend break from Saturday August 10 to Tuesday August 13.

“The crescent moon for Dhu Al Hijjah is expected to be seen by through a telescope, as well as with the naked eye, on August 1. This means that the first day of Dhu Al Hijjah will take place on Friday August 2,” explained Odeh.