Already thinking of your next public holiday? Here's when it will likely be
11 June 2019| Last updated on 23 June 2019
Nothing is harder than returning back to work and routine after time off.
We've barely been back at work after a long Eid break this month and we're already dreaming of and planning our next holiday, which will likely be in early August.
According to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) in Abu Dhabi, Eid Al Adha will likely fall on Sunday 11th August this year.
As with all Islamic occasions, this holiday will be dependent on the sighting of the moon but for Eid Al Adha 2019, Eng Mohammed Shawkat, the Director of the center, has confirmed that there will be no dispute over the sighting of the Helal or new moon of the lunar month of Zul Hijjah.
"Most Arab and Islamic centers will be able to easily and clearly see the new moon of Zul Hijjah by naked eyes and telescopes," he said.
This Eid Al Adha will also be linked to the season of Haj or pilgrimage, and Saudi Arabia will announce the sighting of the new moon nearer the time, which will be approved by most Arab and Muslim countries.
Another holiday which coincides with Eid Al Adha is Arafat Day, an Islamic holiday that falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic Calendar. It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage, which is followed by the first day of the Islamic holiday, Eid Al Adha.
For 2019, it is likely that workers will have a long weekend from Friday 9th August, to Wednesday 14th August, although we won't know for sure until nearer the time.
Earlier this year, the UAE government outlined the full list of public holidays for 2019 and 2020, which included Arafat Day, and officials have also granted equal days off for the public and private sectors in an effort to achieve a balance between the two sectors and support the national economy.
For Eid Al Fitr, the public sector was awarded a full week-off, their vacation starting from Sunday 2nd June, with work resuming on Sunday 9th June. Meanwhile, the private sector started their holiday from Monday 3rd June, with work resuming on Sunday 9th June.