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Gummy
Posts 315



21/12/2011 13:43:09
I guess I should be glad DH is getting off xmas then. I don't know why but it never really occurred to me that he might have had to work xmas had his bosses been less understanding.


punchbiffpow
Posts 220



21/12/2011 13:34:16
Companies owned run by foreign countries often will have an internal day-off for their employees. I know some Australian ones who do it. But definitely not a public holiday


punchbiffpow
Posts 220



21/12/2011 13:32:26
"Muslim country"?

You will find there is a distinction - there many muslim majority countries with secular "non-muslim" governements.

Then there are governments who rule by islamic law - sharia countries.

There is a big difference.

UAE is a sharia country - the government is run based on islam. Christmas will never be a public holiday in an islamic government/sharia country. I don't know if any muslim majority nations do, but it would not be impossible, as their rules are not based solely in islam. Definitely not possible in a sharia country. The whole reason our weekends are Friday and Saturday is to avoid "resting" on Sunday which could be mistaken as slightly Christian. If you can't have a Sunday weekend, you're sure not getting a Christmas day public holiday
edited by punchbiffpow on 21/12/2011


shoegal76
Posts 116



21/12/2011 13:31:04
Agreed - definitely a working day, not a public holiday - if you want it off, you need to take an annual leave. Some companies may informally give their staff the day (e.g. my friend works for a UK-based law firm who have an office here and although not a public holiday here they do get the day off and the office closes).


Mone75
Posts 296



21/12/2011 13:28:56
Thanks very much.
Maybe I thought so, because last year my hubby worked for a UK company and the office was closed on the 25th and 26th.
My sister living in Turkey also had always the 25th and 26th off, even given the fact she and another colleague where the only Christians among 25 other employees.


IzzyDubai
Posts 550



21/12/2011 13:28:05
GoodMorning wrote:
IzzyDubai wrote:
No....

UAE is a MUSLIM country


There are still Muslim countries that declare 25th Dec as a public holiday!


Name one!!


coffee_mate
Posts 676



21/12/2011 13:26:57
GoodMorning wrote:
IzzyDubai wrote:
No....

UAE is a MUSLIM country


There are still Muslim countries that declare 25th Dec as a public holiday!


I'll eat my hat if this one does!


radical3
Posts 1481



21/12/2011 13:26:19
Business as usual for most places (small shops and salons may be closed depending on the owner), but big businesses, shopping malls, etc are all open.

January 1st is a holiday for everyone though.


amazingdxb
Posts 454



21/12/2011 13:22:04
25th is definitly a normal working day


pinks
Posts 1052



21/12/2011 13:21:15
No - we're qasi-government and I'm working... Depends on your company/management though, as last year I got the day off (but not 26th) as it was a UK based comapny.


IzzyDubai
Posts 550



21/12/2011 13:17:49
No....

UAE is a MUSLIM country


coffee_mate
Posts 676



21/12/2011 13:17:21
I don't see why it would be!


dibdab
Posts 510



21/12/2011 13:17:12
I wouldn't have thought that it will be a holiday - I know people who are working on the 25th - my office is closed on the 25th and 26th but that was a decision taken by our MD.


Gege_DXB
Posts 371



21/12/2011 13:15:51
I have an appointment for my ID (Fingerprints) on 25th Dec so its a regular working day.


Mone75
Posts 296



21/12/2011 13:12:10
My husband thinks, it is not as he has nothing heard from his company yet, I think it is? Was there any announcement?


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