UAE announces Hijri New Year holiday for public sector

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The United Arab Emirates announced a holiday on August 12 for public sector employees to mark the Hijri New Year.

“Hijri New Year Holiday - carried over - for the year 1443 in the Federal Government will be on Thursday, August 12,” the Federal Authority For Government Human Resources said on Twitter.

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The holiday, which falls on a Thursday, will allow public sector employees to enjoy a three-day weekend.

Officials later announced that private sector employees will be entitled to a paid holiday on August 12 as well.

The Islamic New Year marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year and is the day on which the year count is incremented.

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