It’s that time of the year again! The Eid holiday break is upon us and we’re beyond excited. According to an announcement by the government back in March, the same number of holidays will be granted to both private and public sector. The verdict was issued with the aim to support the national economy in various different fields. According to a report in Gulf News, Eid Al Fitr is likely to fall on Wednesday, June 5, which means that Ramadan is expected to last 30 days this year. Of course, this is merely just an estimation as both start and end date of the month of Ramadan depend on the sighting of the moon.
Earlier, the Federal Authority of Human Resources had announced that Eid Al Fitr this year will commence from Ramadan 29 to Shawaal 3.
The UAE Cabinet approves public holidays for the public sector for the years 2019-2020, and grants the private sector equal holidays. The decision aims at achieving a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy. #UAEGov pic.twitter.com/VqQqU8IBFx— UAEGov (@uaegov) March 5, 2019
Again, we won’t know for sure, until the sighting (or not) of the moon on Tuesday, June 4.
“There will be difficulty in observing the moon after sunset on June 3, so we can expect the month of Shawwal to start on different dates in different countries,” Gulf News quoted Ebrahim Al Jarwan, general supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium as saying.
He added, “But in the UAE, we can make an educated guess that Ramadan will be 30 days long this year.”
If the first day of Eid falls on Monday, June 4, we could be given Tuesday-Thursday off, corresponding to a five-day weekend across Emirates.