Team shortlist15 Jun 2017 AT 09:53 AM

Eid Al Fitr holiday for UAE public sector announced

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Team shortlist15 Jun 2017 AT 09:53 AM
UAE, Dubai, Holiday
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The UAE Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has officially announced that all those working in the government sector will be given Eid holidays from Saturday, June 24.

The occasion marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and will see all government employees receive three days off, which means that should Eid fall on Sunday, June 25, all public sector employees will return to work on Wednesday, June 28.  

Should Eid Al Fitr fall on Monday, June 26, all government departments will re-open on Sunday, July 2.

The dates for those working in the private sector is yet to be announced. However, it is anticipated that workers will be off on Sunday, June 25 and Monay, June 26.

The exact start date of Eid Al Fitr will be announced closer to the date as Islam follows the Hijri Calendar which is based on the phases of the moon.

We’ve gathered a list of the future public holidays to come…

The days off work will vary between those who work in the public and private sector – and remember that holidays are subject to change based on moon sightings.

Sunday, June 25* – Eid Al Fitr (2 days)

Thursday, August 31* – Arafat (Haj) Day

Friday, September 1* – Eid Al Adha (2 days)

Friday, September 22* – Al Hijri (Islamic New Year)

Thursday, November 30* – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (PBUH)

Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day

*Holiday dates are dependent on moon sightings.

We’ve also gathered a list of activities for you to do, to help you make the most of your long weekend.

1. Go on a staycation at Atlantis, The Palm
Dubai residents and visitors paying with MasterCard can get up to 25 percent discount on their total bill in seven of its signature restaurants. Great food isn’t all that’s all they’re offering. Atlantis, The Palm and MasterCard are also giving Dubai residents up to 40 percent discount on the ultimate summer staycation.
Aside from offering guests up to 40 percent discount on rooms, the package offers guests unlimited admission to both the Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. It also offers guests up to 30 percent discount on the “Dolphin Encounter” at Dolphin Bay and up to 25 percent off at all of the restaurants in Atlantis. Click here to find out more.

2. Head to Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks & Resorts aka the home of Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks is giving families the chance to enjoy the rides from just AED85. The “1 Day 1 Park” offer starts from AED85 for entry to Bollywood Parks Dubai, AED145 to Motiongate Dubai, AED145 to Legoland Dubai and AED185 to two parks. That’s not all. For an added AED40, guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks at Bollywood Parks when they opt for the 1 Day, 1 Park offer. Click here to find out more.

3. Try some fitness classes
Most gyms in Dubai offer a trial run where the first few sessions are free. So, if you’re looking for a way to kill time, save money and get fit all at once, scan through the city’s many gym and fitness class offerings for one that suits you.  We hear that TK MMA & Fitness is great for all round strength and fitness training and, the first class is free.
If you’re willing to spend some money, we recommend you opt for a GuavaPass. For AED425 per month, you will get unlimited access to a number of fitness classes across the city. A-Tone Fitness Lounge, Souplesse Cycle and Bespoke Ride are just a few of the centres that offer free classes to GuavaPass holders. Click here, to register for your GuavaPass. 

4. Head to the beach
We’re pretty sure that half of the city will be going away for Eid. So the beach should be pretty empty – just remember to drink plenty of water and pack on sunscreen. 

5. Go camping
If you’re the outdoorsy type and don’t mind the heat, head down to Hatta or Jabal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah. Aside from being a nice change in scenery, the two spots are great for camping and hiking. If you’re more into biking, Hatta’s new bike trial is perfect for you. If water sports is more your scene, rent out a kayak and explore the Hatta Dam.