The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced a four day holiday for the nation's private sector workers in celebration of Eid al Adha.
The paid public holiday for the UAE's private sector will take place from Thursday, July 30 until Sunday, August 2, with work resuming on Monday, August 3.
The news was announced on the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation official Twitter account.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced that from 9 to 12 Dhu al-Hijjah 1441, will be paid holidays for all employees working in the private sector, on the occasion of Arafat day and Eid Al Adha. #holiday #privatesector pic.twitter.com/Fm7e3PWJQF— MOHRE_UAE وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) July 23, 2020
The announcements comes after the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources confirmed that all those working in the UAE's public sector would also receive four days off, in celebration of the holy occasion.
The holiday dates for the private sector are the same as those for the public sector, i.e, from Thursday, July 30 until Sunday, August 2, with work resuming on Monday, August 3.
Eid Al Adha In More Detail:
Eid al-Adha (the sacrifice feast) is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar, and lasts until the thirteenth day. It commemorates the day that Allah appeared to Prophet Ibrahim in a dream, asking him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.
As Prophet Ibrahim was getting ready to sacrifice his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a sheep to sacrifice in his son's place.
Therefore, Eid al-Adha is a celebration of Prophet Ibrahim's devotion to the lord.
Traditionally, the religious celebration involves a bath, pre-dawn prayers, and new clothes, much like the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. After this, Muslims perform the slaughter and prayers of the sacrificed animal. Meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three shares; family, close friends and neighbors, and those less fortunate.
In addition to this, many Muslims traditionally visit one another's homes and share gifts with friends and loved ones. A charitable contribution is usually also involved.
The celebration of Eid al-Adha coincides with Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, in which all financially and physically able Muslims must undertake at least once in their lifetime.
Remaining UAE Public Holidays for 2020
Islamic New Year
The Hijri New Year will take place on Muharram 1, which is expected to take place on either Wednesday, Aug. 19, or Thursday, Aug. 20.
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Prophet Muhammed's birthday will fall on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' Al Awwal, which is expected to take place on either Wednesday, Oct. 28, or Thursday, Oct. 29 of this year.
Commemoration Day and National Day
Commemoration Day will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with National Day set to take place from Wednesday, Dec. 2 to Thursday, Dec. 3.