Eid Al Adha 2024: UAE holiday to begin on June 15

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The crescent was spotted in Abu Dhabi on Friday morning (June 7), which means that Eid Al Adha will start on June 16, which falls on Sunday.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Federal Authority of Human Resources have announced that paid holidays will be given to employees in the UAE’s private and public sectors from June 15 until June 18, in observance of Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha.

On Friday, the Astronomical Observatory photographed the crescent at 10am (6am GMT). With the crescent moon sighting, residents can expect a long Eid break.

Under the UAE’s official holiday calendar, Dhu Al Hijjah 9 will be Arafat Day and Dhu Al Hijjah 10 to 12 will be Eid Al Adha. These correspond to Saturday, June 15 as Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha from June 16 to 18.

Islamic countries mark the start of Eid Al Adha based on local moon sightings. In Saudi Arabia, the crescent was spotted on Thursday (June 6), prompting the Supreme Court to announce that Saturday (June 15) will be Arafat Day and June 16 will be the start of Eid Al Adha.

Eid Al Adha is a significant festival for Muslims. The Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as Allah commanded. Eid Al Adha is celebrated with special prayers and the slaughter of livestock. ICA/Expat Media

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