Islamic New Year holiday for UAE private sector workers announced

Many workers will enjoy a long weekend in honour of the important date

Islamic New Year holiday for UAE private sector workers announced

If you’ve come back to work this morning wondering when the next chance to have a nice break is, you’re in luck.

This week, we will celebrate the Islamic New Year, or Hijri New Year, which will mean a shorter working week than usual for most of us.

Private sector workers will have a long weekend, with Thursday September 13 being designated as a public holiday.

It follows the same announcement for public sector workers last week.

It means most of us will have a three-day weekend, not long after Eid Al Adha gave us a five-day break.

Normal hours will resume on Sunday September 16 following the holiday.

The first day of the Islamic New Year will be announced in due course dependent on moon sighting.

The important occasion of Hijri is traditionally a time for Muslims to reflect on their faith.

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