Saudi, Qatar and Oman announce Eid holidays of up to 12 days

Gulf states have begun announcing holidays for this year’s Eid Al Fitr celebrations, with Saudi government works enjoying up to 12 days off, one of the longest periods in recent years.

“All government employees are entitled to a period of Eid Al-Fitr holidays beginning on July 10 (Friday), continuing through the weekend, and ending on July 21, to spend this blessed time with their families,” an official from the Saudi Ministry of Civil Services was quoted as saying in Arab News.

The Saudi private sector has been awarded six days holidays, starting on July 16, the report added.

According to the Oman News Agency, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal bin Saud Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Civil Service Council confirmed announced that Eid Al Fitr 1436 AH holiday for employees at the ministries, public authorities and other departments of the State Administrative Apparatus will start from Thursday, 29 Ramadan 1436 AH corresponding to July 16, 2015 till the end of Monday, July 20th, 2015. Work will be resumed on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, Minister of Manpower also announced that the Omani private sector will be awarded the same number of days off,

“The decision allowed employers and employees to agree on work arrangements to compensate this holiday, if necessity arises. The employees whose weekly off days coincide with the mentioned holiday should be compensated as well,” the report said.

In Qatar, government ministries, government institutions and public entities have been awarded up to 11 days off, with Eid al-Fitr holidays starting on Wednesday, July 15, with work resuming on Sunday, July 26, the Qatar News Agency reported. The Qatar private sector is likely to have three days off, Doha News reported.

In Kuwait, it was reported in June that civil servants will likely get 10 days off with Eid Al Fitr holidays starting on Saturday July 18, Arabic language daily Al Anba reported.

However, confirmation of holidays in Kuwait and Bahrain have not yet been announced.

In the UAE, it was reported on Sunday that private sector workers will get paid holidays for Eid Al Fitr starting on the first and second day of Shawwal, with work set to resume on the third day of Shawwal of the year 1436 AH, according to a ministerial circular issued by the Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghubash.

This means if Eid Al Fitr is officially declared on Friday then workers will have the weekend off, with work resuming as normal on Sunday, July 19. However, should Eid Al Fitr fall on Saturday then Sunday will be a holiday and work will resume on Monday, July 20.

The UAE official moon sighting committee is likely to meet later this week and an official announcement will be made. However, the Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) has reported that astronomically Eid Al Fitr will be on Friday, meaning work for the private sector is likely to restart on Sunday as normal.

Earlier on Sunday, official state news agency WAM announced the Eid Al Fitr holidays for federal ministries and authorities will begin from Thursday 29th Ramadan 1436 (July 16) and end on the 3rd of the month of Shawwal. Arabian Business