Workers in the public and private sectors will enjoy a four-day break from Saturday, 10th to Tuesday, 13th August, to celebrate Eid Al Adha in the UAE.
Four-day holiday for Eid Al Adha in the UAE
UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources confirms Arafat Day falls on Friday, 9th August and the Eid Al Adha begins from 10th-13th August.
What’s Arafat day?
Arafat Day marks the second day of the week-long Haj. Pilgrims visit Mount Arafat hill in Mina and the Mount of Arafat plain, performing prayers of Quran throughout the night. Arafat is the last place where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his ‘farewell address’.
What’s Eid Al Adha?
Simply put, Eid Al Adha translates to ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. Domestic animals like camels, sheep or goats are sacrificed, out of which 1/3rd is retained by the family, 1/3rd is given to relatives and 1/3rd is given to the poor.
Four more public holidays after Eid Al Adha
Hijri Islamic New Year will be the next public holiday, on Sunday, 1st September. UAE Commemoration Day holiday falls on Sunday, 1st December, leading to a two-day break for UAE’s 48th National Day. The long break goes on till Tuesday, 3rd December.