The UAE has recently announced the official Eid Al Adha holidays for federal ministries and entities, bringing joy and anticipation to residents across the country. This festive break, marking the Islamic festival, is set to provide a well-deserved four-day weekend, with the potential to extend into a six-day holiday depending on the sighting of the Moon, which determines the start and end of Islamic Hijri calendar months.
According to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR), the holiday break will begin on Dhul Hijjah 9, which coincides with Arafat Day — the holiest day in Islam. Following this, the three subsequent days will be dedicated to celebrating Eid Al Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice.
The corresponding dates on the Gregorian calendar will be confirmed on June 18, when officials attempt to spot the crescent moon that signals the beginning of the Islamic month.
Tuesday (June 27) to Friday (June 30)
Based on astronomical calculations, it is expected that the break will commence on Tuesday, June 27, with Arafat Day, and continue until Friday, June 30. Considering the regular Saturday-Sunday weekend, this will create a six-day break, making it the longest official holiday of the year.
The timing of the Eid Al Adha holiday is particularly significant as it precedes the two-month summer break in the UAE, presenting residents with additional opportunities for vacations and travel. Travel experts have observed that many UAE residents are planning two breaks this year, with a shorter one during the Eid Al Adha period, followed by a longer one in July or August to coincide with the summer holidays. This trend is reflected in data from online travel agency musafir.com, which indicates that 25 percent of UAE residents are combining leisure travel with visits to their home countries.
Eid Al Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, holds great importance in the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The festival commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God. In recognition of his devotion, God provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of his son. The festival serves as a reminder of the values of sacrifice, faith, and devotion, and encourages acts of charity and the sharing of blessings with others. Muslims mark this occasion by attending special prayers, exchanging gifts, and sacrificing animals, with a portion of the meat distributed to the needy.
With the announcement of the Eid Al Adha holidays in the UAE, residents can look forward to a well-deserved break and the opportunity to celebrate this significant festival with their loved ones. Whether it's through travel, spending time with family, or engaging in acts of kindness, this extended weekend promises to be a memorable time for all.