Eid Al Fitr Holiday: Possible 5 Day Break for Public (4 Days for Private Sector)

Ramadan season in the UAE started last June 6 – Monday. This is a season of fasting that normally spans a month. Based on the June 6 start date, the Eid Al Fitr is likely to fall on July 5 or July 6. Government employees in the UAE are likely to enjoy a 5-day holiday (including the weekend) in celebration of the Eid Al Fitr Holiday.

Related Post: How to Behave During Ramadan in the UAE

Eid Al Fitr means “Celebration of Breaking the Fast” which is the festive event to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. This would usually start after 29 or 30 days of Ramadan.

Eid Al Fitr Holiday 2016 in UAE

Here are the possible scenarios if Eid Al Fitr will start after 29 days (July 5) or after 30 days (July 6)

Tentative Number of Holidays if Eid Al Fitr Falls on July 5

  • Public Sector – 5 Days (given that government employees will be awarded a 3-day holiday plus the weekend)
  • Private Sector – 4 Days (July 5 & 6, plus the weekend)

In the government sector, usually when there is a workday in between a holiday and the weekend, that remaining workday will also be converted into a holiday. If this is the case, then government employees could get a 5-day break.

In the private sector, employees will still have to report for work on the workday, but can discuss internally with their employer/company to use one day of their annual leave to have a straight five-day break.

Tentative Number of Holidays if Eid Al Fitr Falls on July 6

Public and Private Sector – 4 Days (July 5 & 6, plus the weekend)

In the event that Eid Al Fitr will be on July 6 (Wednesday), then it will become a 4-day break for both public and private sector employees.

Note: Please be advised that this holiday schedule breaks are not yet final. Stay tuned for updates as we will inform you once we get the final news and information.


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