Eid Al Fitr in UAE: 10-day break for govt employees as Sharjah announces holiday

by tahliacroteau

Irrespective of the moon sighting, the holiday will officially begin on April 8

Published: Mon 1 Apr 2024, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Mon 1 Apr 2024, 10:14 PM

Sharjah’s government announced a one-week holiday for its public sector employees on Monday.

Starting Monday, April 8, federal government employees will enjoy the festivities until Sunday, April 14. Regular working hours would then resume on Monday, April 15.

This comes after the UAE government’s announcement setting in place a one-week holiday for its public sector employees on Sunday.

Since Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the official weekend days in Sharjah for federal employees, government workers who normally observe a four-day work-week will be granted a 10-day break to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of the month-long fasting period.

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Irrespective of the moon sighting, the holiday will officially begin on April 8. As per the Islamic calendar, Ramadan lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on when the Moon is sighted. Eid Al Fitr is celebrated on the first of Shawwal, the month after Ramadan.

As the end of the holy month of Ramadan approaches, excitement mounts in the UAE as residents gear up to celebrate the longest public holiday of the year.

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