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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources confirmed on Tuesday that public sector employees will get days off in celebration of Eid, starting from the 29th day of Ramadan to the 3rd day of Shawwal, which is yet to be declared.
If Ramadan lasts 29 days, residents will have a four-day break from Tuesday, May 11, to Friday, May 14.
But if Ramadan lasts 30 days, employees in the UAE will get a five-day break from Tuesday, May 11, to Saturday, May 15.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation also announced that the Eid Al Fitr paid holiday for the private sector will be from 29th Ramadan until 3rd Shawwal.
This came in a circular issued by Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, in implementation of the UAE cabinet's decision on the official holidays approved for the years 2020/2021.
On the occasion, the authority conveyed its congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
The Authority also offered greetings to the people of the UAE and Arab and Islamic nations around the world.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal entities in the UAE will begin on Friday, 29th Ramadan (corresponding to 22nd May) until 3rd Shawwal 1441 H, which is yet to be declared.
Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, has issued a decision setting up a moon-sighting committee to detect the beginning of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the end of Ramadan and start of Eid Al Fitr.
The moon-sighting committee said that the last day of the Holy Month of Ramadan was on Monday and the first day of Shawwal will be on Tuesday.
The UAE Fatwa Council has stressed that Eid prayers constitute a confirmed Sunna and may be performed at home if necessary. Therefore, if relevant authorities deem it necessary to prohibit Eid prayers in mosques, the public should respect these instructions.
According to the statement, the prayer spots will be opened 30 minutes before prayer and will be closed instantly after it, while the women's prayer places will be closed until further notice.
A team of Tibetan mountaineering guides will set up the separation line at the peak before climbers attempt to reach the summit from the Chinese side, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
It was not clear what the separation line would be made of.
Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Sputnik vaccines are provided at approved centres across the UAE.