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Dubai:  Sunday, August 11, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced.

The Dhu Al Hijja moon was sighted Thursday. Accordingly, August 11 is the first day of Eid Al Adha.

In a statement published by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, the Supreme Court announced that after receiving verified testimonies of seeing Zul-Hijja crescent by regional courts and many witnesses from different parts of the Kingdom, it has confirmed that Friday is the first day of Zul-Hijja.

Arafat day, the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which always falls on the ninth day of Dhu Al Hijja, will fall on Saturday, August 10.

Oman announced that Monday, August 12, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha. Friday, August 2, is the 30th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Qa’da.

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On the Day of Arafat, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will throng Makkah on the second day of the pilgrimage to ascend Mount Arafat, marking the peak point of the five-day Hajj ritual.

On this big Hajj day, pilgrims converge from dawn on the Mount Arafat plain and the hill known as Jabal Al Rahma, or Mount of Mercy, dedicated to prayers and reflection,

The first day of Eid Al Adha always falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja, one day after the Arafat Day, according to the Islamic lunar calendar.

Earlier, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced a four-day holiday for both the public and private sector in the UAE, from 9th to 12th of Dhu Al Hijja.