The holy month of Ramadan started on June 29 and it will continue until the end of July. By the end of it, the Islamic world will celebrate Eid Al Fitr, while the working society will enjoy a few days public holiday… or even an entire week.
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The end of Ramadan is expected to be announced on July 27. On this date, at about 2.42 a.m. the new moon will usher the month of Shawwal 1435 AH and mark the end of the holy month. This means that the first day of Eid Al Fitr will arrive with the rise of the sun at approximately 7.05 p.m. on July 28 (Monday). [wpsr_retweet]
Of course, Eid Al Fitr holidays are also non-working days in the United Arab Emirates. The question is how long will the public holiday continue in 2014.
Since the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on a Monday, the expectations stretch up to six non-working days for the public sector. The holiday could start on Sunday (July 27) and continue until Wednesday (30 July). In other words, people working in the government sector may enjoy an extra long weekend that will start on 25 July (Friday) and continue for about six days until 30 July.
The private sector, on the other hand, will most likely get only two day off work – 28 and 29 of July. However, these dates may vary depending on whether a company is counting Saturdays as non-working days or not.
Another thing you can expect around Eid Al Fitr in Dubai is plenty of shopping opportunities. Over the past few years, malls in the city are staying open until late. Last year for example, many of the malls in Dubai worked until 1 a.m., whereas restaurants welcomed customers until 3 a.m. Similar thing may happen this year, since
The whole week surrounding Eid Al Fitr is traditionally a busy time for shopping malls and hotels in Dubai. [wpsr_facebook]
The next big holiday in the UAE is Eid Al Adha. This year, it is predicted to arrive on October 4 (Saturday).