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Anticipation builds across the Gulf region as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet takes the lead in announcing the public holiday dates for Eid al-Fitr, Wego reports. This significant declaration follows earlier announcements made by Saudi Arabia (SA) and Kuwait (KW), underscoring a coordinated approach to commemorating this cherished Islamic festival.

Anticipated celebration in the UAE

Residents in the UAE are poised for an extended period of festivity as the nation prepares to observe the most extended public holiday of the year. With the UAE Cabinet’s recent announcement, individuals from both private and public sectors can look forward to up to nine days off in April to mark Eid al-Fitr. Notably, this generous break ensures ample time for celebration without exhausting the 30-day annual leave entitlement.

The holiday dynamics have been meticulously laid out, catering to various scenarios based on the duration of Ramadan. Should Ramadan extend to 30 days, the Eid break will span from Monday, 8 April (Ramadan 29) to Friday, 12 April (Shawwal 3), culminating in a nine-day interlude inclusive of succeeding weekends. Conversely, a 29-day Ramadan ushers in a six-day hiatus, from Monday, 8 April (Ramadan 29), to Thursday, 11 April, encompassing the preceding weekend on 6 April to 7 April.

Saudi Arabia’s holiday plan

Saudi Arabia swiftly followed suit, unveiling a four-day holiday arrangement for both public and private sector employees in April. Commencing from Monday, 8 April (Ramadan 29, 1445) and extending until 14 April (Sunday), this period offers residents a well-deserved respite. This means that Saudi residents will enjoy six consecutive days off, including the official weekend on Friday and Saturday.

Kuwait sets its holiday schedule

In parallel, Kuwait’s Council of Ministers has announced Eid al-Fitr holiday dates for those employed in the public sector. From Tuesday, 9 April to Thursday, 11 April, public sector workers will enjoy a hiatus, coinciding with Ramadan 30, 1445 to Shawwal 2. Most notably, this arrangement provides a five-day reprieve, with work resuming on Sunday, 14 April.