Dubai The moon-sighting committee of the UAE will convene on Thursday night (June 14) to deliberate on and announce when Eid Al Fitr will fall this year. Expected to fall on Friday or Saturday, this would determine private and public sector Eid holidays.
The committee, formed under the directive of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, convenes on Thursday – the 29th day of Ramadan. They will meet after Maghrib prayers at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
They’re looking to announce is when the first day of Shawwal would fall, which is essentially the first day of Eid. The committee has also called upon all Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon, to inform the committee of any sightings.
The date announced affects employee holidays for Eid, depending on whether it is Friday or Saturday. For the public sector, if Eid falls on Friday, first of Shawwal, holidays for the public sector would be from Thursday to Sunday (third day of Shawwal) or four days off. However, if Eid falls on Saturday, first of Shawwal, then the holidays would be from Thursday to Monday (third day of Shawwal) making it a five-day weekend for the public sector.
For the private sector, holidays will fall on the first two days of Shawwal. If the first day of Shawwal is on Friday, this would mean a holiday on Friday and Saturday – and if you already are off on Saturday, this would mean no extra days off. If Eid falls on Saturday, as the first day of Shawwal, employees could get Sunday off as the second day of Shawwal.