Eid al-Adha: UAE announces holiday dates for public sector amid coronavirus pandemic

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UAE public sector workers will receive four days off for the Eid al-Adha holidays from Thursday, July 30, to Sunday, August 2, announced authorities on Thursday.

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The Eid al-Adha dates will ensure public sector employees have a long weekend break at the end of July, with work resuming on Monday, August 3.

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The dates are the same as neighboring Saudi Arabia, which is hosting the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj with limited capacity this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims around the world one day after the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends. It also commemorates the day prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command.

UAE authorities had previously announced that Eid al-Adha prayers should be performed at home due to the threat of the virus spreading in crowds.

The UAE dates were announced on Twitter by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

No announcement had been made for private sector workers from the UAE as of Thursday morning.

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