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Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has announced that all ministries and government establishments would be closed, as usual, on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr and the two following days, but that as these 3 days cover the Bahrain Friday and Saturday weekend, the Eid public holidays will be expanded for another two days.
The dates currently expected for the Eid public holidays, as per last year's announcement by the Central Bank of Bahrain (2009-06-22), are September 9 to 11 for the first day of the Eid al-Fitr and the two following days, and September 12 and 13 for the 2 additional days in lieu.
However, last year's announced dates by the Bahrain Central Bank are based on a rough arithmetic calendar, and not on the Saudi Umm al-Qura calendar that is traditionally used in Bahrain and most of the GCC Gulf States. Therefore, we expect that these might be revised to the following day (ie. running from September 10 to 14, inclusively). The Bahrain Moon Sighting Committee has announced that it will meet on tomorrow evening (September 8) at the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to sight the moon for the month of Shawal and then announce if the Eid public holidays will begin on September 9 or 10.
In any event, only civil servants will benefit from this extra day, given, at the discretion of the government, when a public holiday falls on a Friday or Saturday. Banks and financial institutions will, as per custom, follow the public holidays of the public service.
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