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Earlier today, the UAE's Labour Minister, HE Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, issued a circular which declares Sunday, July 19th, 2009, as a public holiday for the UAE's private sector to also mark "Isra and Miraj".
The aforementioned circular refers to Article 74 of the Federal Law No. 8 (Year 1980) regulating labour relations, to state that all workers and employees in the private sector will be entitled to a fully paid holiday on Sunday, July 19th, 2009.
Recall that, last weekend, the UAE's Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Governmental Human Resources Authority, HE Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, had already issued a circular announcing that Sunday, July 19th, 2009, would be a public sector holiday for ministries and other federal departments on the occasion of Isra and Miraj (2009-07-12).
As mentioned in the post that related the public sector announcement, the declaration of a private sector holiday on the same date as the public sector holiday was by no means a certainty, as the UAE recently started declaring public holidays on a different date for the private and public sectors (2009-02-27), something that other countries in the Middle East had already started doing in the past (2008-07-28 and 2007-11-13).
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