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Kuwaitis at The Avenues Mall in Kuwait City in a file photo. This week Kuwaitis will have a long holiday. Image Credit: AFP

Kuwait City: The Kuwaiti government has announced that August 8-9 will be a public holiday in celebration of the Islamic New Year.

Although the Islamic New Year falls on Monday, the government has declared Sunday also as an official holiday.

Based on a proposal presented by the Civil Service Commission, all government agencies, institutions and bodies will suspend work during the holiday.

With Sunday-Monday being official holidays, Kuwaitis will get an extended weekend from August 6-9.