Eid Al Adha holiday declared for UAE private sector

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It will be a three-day holiday for most of us…

The UAE government has declared the private sector will enjoy three days off from Monday, August 20 to Wednesday, August 22 for Eid Al Adha.

This means that work will resume on Thursday, August 23.

Initially, it was thought that private sector employees would enjoy a five-day weekend with the Eid holiday falling from Tuesday August 21 to Thursday, August 23, next to the normal two day weekend.

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Public sector employees will enjoy days off from Sunday, August 19 to Thursday, August 23 for Eid Al Adha.

This means it’s essentially a nine-day holiday, if you count the Friday-Saturday weekends before and after Eid.

What is Eid Al Adha?

This holiday honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, which is why goats are symbolically sacrificed over this period. It is separate from Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

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