Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)
The UAE's Federal Government, through its respective ministries, has announced the dates of the upcoming 2012 Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holidays, as usual in separate announcements for the public sector and the private sector.
The UAE's Minister of Education, Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, has announced that the upcoming Eid Al Fitr public holidays in ministries and federal institutions will run from Friday, August 17, to the 3rd day of the month of Shawwal (Tuesday, August 21, 2012), inclusively.
The last day of the month of Ramadan was declared an annual public sector holiday, a decade ago (12-Feb-2002), while, in 2009, the UAE annual public sector holidays for the End of Ramadan were extended to the 3rd day of the month of Shawwal by the "Cabinet Resolution No. (17) of 2009 regarding the Public Holidays at the Federal Government" (26-Apr-2009).
In a separate announcement, Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, the UAE's Minister of Labour, officially announced that all business establishments in the private sector would observe the first and second days of the month of Shawwal (August 19 and 20, 2012) as the Eid-al-Fitr non-working public holidays.
The reduction of the private sector Eid Al Fitr non-working public holidays from the legal 3 days to only 2 days is a trend that started a few years ago (21-Aug-2011, 06-Sep-2010, 15-Sep-2009, and 23-Sep-2008).
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