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When Is the Eid Al Adha Holidays in the UAE 2020?

This is when the Eid Al Adha holidays will fall in the UAE for the year 2020.

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22 July 2020

Last updated on 22 July 2020
Clarice Awa at ExpatWoman
by Clarice Awa
When Is the Eid Al Adha Holidays in the UAE 2020?

Wondering when will Eid Al Adha 2020 happen in the UAE? Here's when it will take place.

The Eid Al Adha holiday dates for this year were announced via the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources official Twitter page.

Employees in the public sector are in for a long weekend with four days off from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August, 2020. Work will resume on Monday, 3rd August.

SEE ALSO: A Complete Guide to Eid Al Adha in the UAE

Eid Al Adha, which is also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice", is the second of the two most important annual Islamic holidays celebrated by Muslims. It begins on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which is the 12th and final month in the Islamic calendar.

How will the Eid celebrations be like this year?

The Eid Al Adha holiday marks the date when the prophet Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to show his devotion and obedience to God. It is a time when families, friends, and loved ones come together to celebrate, which is usually done over a meal.

The Eid holidays typically begin with prayers offered at a mosque, and families have a goat or sheep butchered at an abattoir. The meat will then be shared between relatives and the underpriviledged.

Friends and families visit each other, wear new clothes, and give Eid money (or Eidieh) to children. Sweets are also served at Eid Al Adha gatherings.

Eid Al Adha during the outbreak

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UAE, it's very likely that traditional Eid celebrations will be restricted to slow the spread of the virus.

In a previous announcement, UAE authorities have asked adults to transfer money to children using banking apps, and to avoid sharing food and holding large gatherings.

Places of worship in the UAE reopened to the public on July 1, but at a reduced capacity. It is still unclear if Eid prayers, which draws a large crowd, will be permitted. Just like Eid Al Fitr earlier this year, Muslims may instead be asked to hold prayers at home.

Latest report finds 305 new Coronavirus patients, one death, and 343 recoveries, bringing the UAE's total confirmed cases to 57,498.