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The upcoming long weekend for the Islamic festival Eid Al Adha is anticipated to fall in mid-June within the UAE, contingent upon the moon-sighting process set for Thursday, 6 June. Residents can expect to receive a four or five-day break, inclusive of the weekend, depending on the lunar observations, Wego reports.

Eid Al Adha, a significant holiday in Islam, commemorates Arafah Day (with one day off) and the subsequent Eid Al Adha festival (with three days off). Islamic festivities adhere to the Hijri calendar months, their commencement and conclusion dictated by the sighting of the crescent moon. 

Across the Arab world, including the UAE, the crescent moon is sought on the 29th of the Hijri calendar month, Dhul Qa’adah, scheduled for 6 June. If the moon is sighted, Dhul Hijjah begins on 7 June, with Arafah Day following on 15 June (Dhul Hijjah 9) and Eid Al Adha on 16 June (Dhul Hijjah 10). This scenario would yield a break from Saturday, 15 June, to Tuesday, 18 June, granting two weekdays off. 

Alternatively, if the moon remains unseen on 6 June, Dhul Hijjah commences on 8 June, with Arafah Day slated for 16 June (Dhul Hijjah 9) and Eid Al Adha on 17 June (Dhul Hijjah 10). Consequently, the break would extend from Sunday, 16 June, to Wednesday, 19 June, offering five days off inclusive of the weekend (Saturday, 15 June).

Considering this, planning ahead for additional days off, such as Thursday, 20 June, and Friday, 21 June, could extend the holiday to a total of nine days.