With the sighting of the Zul Hjjah moon on Saturday evening, the UAE has announced the holiday schedule for the Eid Al Adha celebrations this year. The sighting of the moon established that Eid Al Adha will fall on August 21 and thereby the government has announced a week-long holiday for public sector establishments. Government ministries and departments will be hence closed for a week. This decision was announced by the Council of Ministers.
The decision announcing the first day of Eid Al Adha was made by the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the fact that the Zul Hijjah will begin on August 12. Saudi Arabia has subsequently proclaimed an 11-day holiday for the festivities.
Even though the UAE is yet to announce the holiday schedule for private sector undertakings, it is expected that the rest of the country will most likely have a five-day break for the holidays. According to a statement put out on Twitter by UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, the break will span from August 19 to August 25.