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Egypt Announces New March 13 National Holiday

Source: The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo)
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The government of Egypt has decided to make March 13 a new annual national holiday, to commemorate the return of Taba to Egyptian sovereignty, 20 years ago. The statement from the Egyptian Cabinet specifies that on that day, all schools and universities would close, but that Government ministries would continue working normally.

Note that, as weekends are still Thursdays and Fridays in Egypt, this new national holiday, though it takes effect in 2009, will not have any effect until 2010, when March 13 falls on a Saturday.

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