Eid Al Fitr 2024: Week-long holiday announced for UAE public sector

Government employees will get paid leave from Monday to Sunday, April 8 to 14

Here's how you get a nine-day break for Eid Al Fitr

Here's how you get a nine-day break for Eid Al Fitr
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The UAE has announced a week-long holiday for the public sector to mark Eid Al Fitr.

The UAE Cabinet mandated that federal government staff would be given paid leave from Monday to Sunday, April 8 to 14.

Work will resume on Monday, April 15, the UAE Media Office reported on Sunday evening.

The decision means government employees will enjoy a break of up to nine days, when including the weekends on either side of the announced holiday.

Eid’s exact start date will be confirmed by the UAE’s Moon-sighting committee.

The Eid holiday for the private sector is expected to be announced later.

Federal government and private sector workers are typically afforded the same number of holiday dates per year.

What is Eid Al Fitr?

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the month-long fast for Muslims.

It is a celebratory occasion marked by morning prayers, family get-togethers, the giving of gifts to loved ones and charitable donations.

Many people take advantage of the extended break from work to travel overseas or take short trips within the region.

It is also an opportunity to buy new clothes to usher in the religious holiday.

Eid in UAE: From fireworks to concerts

The long holiday will give people in the UAE precious leisure time to enjoy a whole host of activities taking place during Eid.

Spectacular firework displays will light up the skies across the Emirates to mark the joyous occasion.

Dazzling light shows planned for the first day of the Eid festival – which will be either Tuesday, April 9 or Wednesday, April 10 – at locations such as Dubai Festival City (from 8pm) and Yas Bay waterfront (from 9pm on the first three nights of Eid).

Al Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi will host a fireworks display at 9pm on the first night of Eid.

The sprawling leisure hub will also stage an Eid-themed event on the second day of the festival, from 5pm to 11pm, featuring an outdoor cinema, a henna station, gaming and children's zones, roaming carnival performers and a DJ.

Fireworks light up the UAE skies to celebrate Eid Al Fitr

Fireworks go off to celebrate Eid at Global Village, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Eid will also set the stage for a series of crowd-pleasing music concerts and live shows taking place all over the UAE.

The popular Kuwaiti singer and actress Nawal El Kuwaitia will raise the curtain on the star-studded line-up at Dubai Opera House on Wednesday, April 10.

Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena will play host to the Nigerian rapper Rema on April 11 and a dynamic double act from Filipino favourites Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo on April 14.

There will be fun for all of the family in Abu Dhabi as Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold takes over the Etihad Arena from April 12 to 14.

Take a break

Eid will also offer an opportunity to get in the holiday mood, without even leaving the Emirates.

There will be no shortage of staycation deals to choose from for families eager to make the most of additional time off from offices and classrooms.

The National has compiled a luxurious list of some of the best domestic delights to savour.

Those with a sense of adventure can book a stay at the Terra Cabins at JA Hatta Fort Hotel, nestled among the mountains of Hatta.

Scenic views and five-star service will be served up at Banyan Tree Dubai on Bluewaters Island.

Read more on the UAE's top staycation spots in our helpful guide, here.

Updated: April 02, 2024, 8:28 AM