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9-Day Eid Public Holiday Announced for UAE Public Sector

Federal employees in the UAE can look forward to a long holiday for Eid Al Fitr 2024

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1 April 2024

Last updated on 1 April 2024
UAE Eid Al Fitr 2024 public holidays announced

Time to plan your Eid break!

Great news for public sector workers in the UAE, as the government has confirmed a week-long Eid Al Fitr 2024 public holiday from Monday April 8 until Sunday April 14.

As the UAE's official weekend dates are on Saturdays and Sundays, this means federal employees can enjoy a long 9-day public holiday for Eid.

It will be the longest UAE public holiday for 2024, which makes it the perfect time to plan local staycations with friends and loved ones, or take the chance to have a vacation abroad.

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The actual first day of Eid Al Fitr will be announced after the moonsighting. Work will resume on Monday April 15 for all.

What about private sector employees?

Officials have yet to declare the same for public sector workers in the UAE.

We can assume that the same amount of public holiday dates for Eid Al Fitr will apply, as the Cabinet unified public and private sector holidays back in 2019. This means employees will enjoy the same number of days off regardless of which sector they're working in.

When is Eid Al Fitr 2024 public holidays for UAE private sector?

The move to combine holidays was introduced to encourage more talents to apply for jobs in the private sector.

However, private sector workers' days off are up to the discretion of their employers.

What is Eid Al Fitr?

Eid Al Fitr is one of the two biggest festivals in Islam, and it is celebrated on 'Shawwal' or the month after Ramadan. The actual date depends on moon sightings.

The holy month of Ramadan lasts either 29 or 30 days - it is a spiritual time for Muslims in the UAE and around the world, with many partaking in fasting, prayer, charity work, community, and other activities.