PARIS, France - Federal government workers in the United Arab Emirates will have a long weekend for the Eid al - Adha holiday, official announced on Thursday.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said the holiday will run from Friday July 8 until Monday July 11, with works to resume Tuesday July 12, the Emirates news agency (WAM) reported.
Earlier this week it was announced that the first day of Eid al - Adha will begin on July 9 following the fighting of the crescent moon in Saudi Arabia at the Tamir observatory, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing the Kingdom's Supreme Court.
The five - day Muslim holiday of sacrifice falls during the lunar month of Dhu Al - Hijjah, which begins on June 30, marking the month when the Hajj pilgrimage take place.
Hajj will start on July 6 through July 10, with Arafat Day falling on July 8, according to the Supreme Court's statement.