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Long Weekends Confirmed for Eid Al-Adha in UAE and Saudi Arabia

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the United Arab Emirates has announced a four-day Eid Al-Adha holiday for public and private sector employees. All ministries, federal agencies, private sector establishments, institutions, and companies will observe a holiday from Zul Hijjah 9 until Zul Hijjah 12 (July 19, Monday, to July 22, Thursday).

Combined with the two-day weekend, UAE residents will be able to enjoy a six-day break. Regular working hours will resume from Sunday, July 25.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia‘s 11-day holiday starts from Thursday, July 15, and will last until Sunday, 25 July for the public sector, according to Saudi Press Agency.

To mark the occasion, Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be lit up with free firework displays as per tradition, with the one at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi starting at 9pm from the Yas Bay waterfront. The event will be live-streamed on Yas Island’s social media as gatherings are prohibited under Covid-19 safety measures. More fireworks shows will likely be announced closer to the time.

The holiday is the most important festival for Muslims and begins on the 10th day of Zul Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar. It marks the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day before Eid Al-Adha. Some of the other countries that will celebrate on July 20 include Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, among others.

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