Abu Dhabi schools to close for week-long Eid break

Pupils will return on Monday May 9

Pupils at The British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi will enjoy a week-long break for Eid Al Fitr.  Victor Besa / The National
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Schools in Abu Dhabi will close next week to mark Eid Al Fitr.

Pupils will be off from Monday, May 2 and return to classrooms the following Monday.

"All students must be free of any Covid-19-related symptoms and maintain their Green status on Al Hosn app in accordance with their age category [upon their return]," Abu Dhabi's Department of Education and Knowledge said.

On Tuesday, Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority announced that private school pupils there would enjoy a full week off for Eid Al Fitr.

The move puts schools in line with government and public sector workers, who have a nine-day holiday, including the weekends.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said private sector employees are entitled to Saturday, April 30 until Shawwal 3 in the Islamic calendar.

This means the holiday will be from Saturday, April 30, and last until Tuesday, May 3 or Wednesday, May 4, depending on the start date of Eid and the sighting of the new moon.

It is up to private sector employers if they wish to close for the full week, which a number are expected to do.

On Wednesday, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority said its offices would close until Monday, May 9 to allow employees a full week off, in an email to staff and businesses.

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Updated: April 27, 2022, 9:51 AM