Eid al-Fitr holiday for UAE private sector is announced

We won’t find out the exact dates until Thursday evening

Eid Al-Fitr holiday dates for private sector workers in the UAE have been announced.

Employees will be given the first and second days of the month of Shawwal off, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

That is expected to be either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, depending on moon sighting.

Unfortunately, that means employees who work a Sunday-Thursday week could potentially not get any days off at all.

But we won't find out the exact days until Thursday evening, when officials meet after Maghrib prayers to determine when Ramadan will end.

It follows yesterday's announcement of Eid Al-Fitr holidays for the public sector.

Eid Al-Fitr begins with prayers at dawn. Traditions follow the example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and involve bathing, wearing perfume and new clothes.

The Eid holiday is a chance to celebrate with family and friends, although it is also a good time to travel for a short break.

If you're planning on a getaway, we’ve got some great suggestions for you here.

But until then there is still time to enjoy iftar every night to break the fast. Here’s our comprehensive round-up of places to try.

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