UAE announces Eid holiday for private sector

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2018

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on a successful completion of the Ramadan.

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Holy Month which sees practising Mulsims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.

"It is decided that the first and second days of the month of Shawwal 1439 Hijri shall be a paid vacation for all private-sector employees on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr", a circular issued by Minister Nasser Al Hameli said.

The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to hold a meeting on Thursday (June 14) for Shawal moon sighting in Karachi. "Therefore, tomorrow we will be sure to know if Thursday will be the last day of Ramadan or Friday", Al Rahbi told the Times of Oman. A moon-sighting committee has been drafted for this goal.

The suspense over Eid date remains on till late night until it is confirmed that moon has been sighted.

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Eid is expected to begin on either Friday, June 15, or Saturday, June 16.

Eid festivities begin after the sighting of the crescent moon.

Eid-ul-Fitr, however, has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) of two units generally offered in an open field or large hall which may be performed only in congregation (Jamm'at).

The Eid festival falls on the first day of the 10th month of Shawwal.

Banks, insurance companies and financial institutions governed by Qatar Central Bank will have their Eid al-Fitr holidays on June 17, 18 and 19.

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