Source: The Gulf Times (Manama)
Public sector employees and students will remain away from the office and schools for nine days. The nine-day holiday will start on Friday December 29, the day before Eid Al Adha, and will end on January 6, 2007, with all ministries and government establishments and organizations remaining closed.
Government employees are usually given three days off for Eid, but a decision by the previous parliament added Arafat Day, the day when pilgrims stand on Mount Arafat in the suburbs of Makkah. With the Bahraini law stipulating compensation for the off days that fall on Friday or Saturday, the public sector will also have Tuesday and Wednesday off on account of Arafat Day (Friday) and the first Eid day (Saturday).
The occurrence of New Year's Day on Monday, the third day of Eid, will result in a replacement on Thursday. The perspective of the long holidays, although not officially announced yet, was calculated upon the surprise, recent, announcement by Saudi Arabia that Eid would start on December 30, instead of December 31.
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