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It is worth noting that Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given here are approximations. This also means that Islamic holidays change, with respect to the Gregorian calendar. Every year, Islamic holidays arrive approximately 11 days before the previous year. (more…)

photo-holidaysThe UAE Ministry of Labour has declared that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for all private sector employees will begin on the first and second days of Shawwal, work will resume on the third day of Shawwal of the year 1435 AH.

On the occasion, the Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash sent his sincere regards and blessings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

Ghobash congratulated the people of the UAE and residents on the occasion, wishing the country further progress and prosperity, and more pride and glory for Arab and Islamic nations. Read more

photo-holidaysA holiday has been announced for the public sector as well as private sector workers who have a two-day weekend (Friday and Saturday) to mark the birth  of Prophet Mohammed.

In the private sector employees who work a 6 day week will have Saturday (11 Jan) as a holiday and those who work a 5 day week will have Sunday (12 Jan) as a holiday.

Ramadan is the month where Allah revealed the Holy Quran to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) so that he could convey the message to mankind. It falls on the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is the Holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan begins by the sighting of the new moon which is announced by the Ramadan Crescent sighting committee. During the month every Muslim should practice “saum” – or abstinence – which means they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, cursing, arguing, lying, fighting and any sexual activity from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is a test of a Muslim’s sincerity to his or her belief and is intended to develop piety or consciousness of Allah. Read more

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