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Eid Al Adha holidays break likely for UAE

Eid Al Adha holidays: The Abu Dhabi Government has announced the list of public holidays planned for 2015.

“The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon,” the announcement reads.

Public sector workers in the UAE can expect at least 11 more public holidays in 2015.

Although the list of holidays was released only on the Abu Dhabi Government website, most other emirates tend to follow a similar schedule.

All federal ministries, public departments and institutions will be closed on the following holidays:

January 1, New Year’s Day

January 3, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday

May 16, Israa and Miraj Night *

June 18, Ramadan expected to begin*

[ Sharjah Planetarium predicts Ramadan to start on June 18 ]

July 16, Eid Al Fitr*

September 14, Haj season*

September 22, Arafat Day*

September 23, Eid Al Adha*

October 15, Hijri New Year*

– November 30, Martyrs’ Day

December 2 and 3, UAE National Day

* Please remember Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from date given.

According to the website, the UAE National Day holiday will be two days, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha will be three days, and the others will be one day.

This page will be updated throughout the year, with the latest news as it is announced. Relevant dates for both the public and private sector in the UAE will be linked. Source

 

Eid Al Adha 2015 and 2016 dates UAE |Eid Al Adha holidays break likely for UAE

Eid Al Adha 2015 start and end dates for Dubai and UAE, subject to confirmation. Also dates for 2016.

  • Eid Al Adha is known as the Festival of Sacrifice to commemorate when Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son Ismail according to the will of Allah. However, Allah allowed Ibrahim to sacrifice a ram in place of his son.
  • The festival is celebrated in the Muslim world by the sacrifice of usually a goat or a lamb, and the meat distributed to family, friends, and those in need.
  • The Eid Al Ahda holiday begins at sunset on the day before the actual day of the holiday. Public sector employees in the UAE usually get 4 days holiday, the private sector 2 or 3 days holiday. If Eid Al Adha falls on a Friday, private sector workers don’t normally get an extra day holiday in lieu (Friday is the off-day for most workers in the UAE). Public sector workers might get an extra day to compensate. Source

National public holidays of United Arab Emirates in 2015

Day Date Holiday Comments
Thursday January 01 New Years Day
Saturday January 03 Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
Saturday May 16 Israa & Miaraj Night Ascension of the Prophet
Thursday June 18 Ramadan Expected Start of Ramadan
Thursday July 16 Eid Al Fitr Holiday Public sector only
Friday July 17 Eid Al Fitr
Saturday July 18 Eid Al Fitr Holiday
Sunday July 19 Eid Al Fitr Holiday Public sector only
Monday July 20 Eid Al Fitr Holiday Public sector only
Tuesday September 22 Arafat (Haj) Day Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj
Wednesday September 23 Eid Al Adha Date varies on Lunar cycle
Thursday September 24 Eid Al Adha Holiday Date varies on Lunar cycle
Thursday October 15 Hijri New Years Day Islamic New Year
Monday November 30 Martyrs’ Day
Wednesday December 02 UAE National Day
Thursday December 03 UAE National Day Holiday Public sector only
Thursday December 24 Birthday of Prophet Muhammad Probable Holiday. Second time in 2015 due to Lunar cycles

Eid Al Adha could be a 5-day break

The Eid Al Adha holiday could turn into a 5-day break according to some basic calculations from official holiday data.
According to the official list of public holidays released this year by the Federal government, the first day of Dhu Al Hijjah falls on September 14.
Eid Al Adha, which falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah, is Wednesday, September 23.
With the private sector to be given at least three days for Eid Al Adha, it is likely this will run into the weekend resulting in a four-day break, plus September 22, a day before Eid Al Adha, which is Arafat Day – also a public holiday.
This brings the total to 5-days of holidays. Work should ideally resume on September 27.
It is important to note though, that Islamic holidays are subject to moon sightings and may differ from our estimations.  Source

Public Holidays for 2015: Five-day weekend for Eid Al Adha?

What’s On has news of holidays in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE, including Eid dates and National Day.


 

What’s On has updated its full list of expected public holidays in the UAE for 2015. Eid Al Adha holidays break likely for UAE

An announcement earlier this year by the UAE Government explained the process of formatting Islamic events. ‘The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon.’

Therefore, while no official confirmation can be given, astronomers at the Sharjah Planetarium have forecasted the following Islamic occasions for what’s left of 2015:

Hajj season will take place on or around September 14.
Arafat Day will take place on or around September 22.
Eid Al Adha will take place on or around September 23 (this public holiday will last for three days).
Hijri New Year’s Day will take place on or around October 15.
UAE National Day will be on December 2.

Earlier this month, Eid Al Fitr fell on Friday July 17, which means that private sector employees missed out on a longer weekend. The paid holiday fell on Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 – a standard weekend in the UAE.

But fret not if you’re still hoping for a long weekend break, as there is a chance that private sector workers could get a full five-day weekend off for Eid Al Adha.

The UAE private sector typically gets time off for Eid Al Adha from the 9th day of Al Dhu Al Hijjah (Arafat Day) to the 11th day of Dhu Al Hijjah. According to astronomical forecasts, these are likely to fall on Tuesday September 22 to Thursday September 24, which, coupled with the standard two-day weekend, would give private sector employees five days in a row of paid leave.

Hajj, Arafat Day, Eid Al Adha and Hijri New Year holiday dates are officially determined by the sightings of the moon (excluding National Day).  Source

 

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