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Omani authorities have announced the dates of the upcoming second annual 2015 non-working public holiday in Oman for the Prophet's Birthday, for both the private sector and the public sector of Oman.
In a decision by Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal bin Saud al Busaidi, Oman's Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Civil Service Council, Omani ministries, public authorities and other units of the state administrative apparatus will remain closed for a non-working public sector holiday on Thursday, December 24, 2015, on account of the second annual 2015 non-working public holiday in Oman.
In a separate communique, Oman's Minister of Manpower, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nassir al-Bakri, issued a similar ministerial decision stopping work for a public holiday at private sector companies and establishments, also on Thursday, December 24, 2015, on account of the second annual 2015 non-working public holiday in Oman.
Contrary to what was done at the beginning of the year (2014-12-29), on account of the first annual 2015 non-working public holiday in Oman, when the declaration of a non-working sector holiday on Sunday, January 4, 2015, on account of the first Prophet's Birthday, was stated as being on "Sunday, 13th Rabee Al Awwal, 1436 AH", and not on the 12th, thus corresponding to a shift of date, due to the 12th day of the month falling on a Saturday, today's announcement of a public holiday in Oman, on Thursday, December 24, 2015, stated that "Thursday, 12th Rabee al Awwal, 1437AH corresponding to December 24, 2015, will be an official holiday".
Recall that Oman's weekends are now Friday-Saturday for both the public as well as the private sector (2013-04-06).
In 2015, the Milad Al Nabi (Prophet's Birthday) will have occurred twice in Oman as a non-working public holiday, once already in early January (2014-12-29).
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