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Earlier tonight, Oman's Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs (MERA) has announced that the previously-announced non-working public holiday in Oman on the occasion of the upcoming annual Hijri New Year 1438 non-working public holiday in Oman, would occur on Monday, October 3, 2016, as "The moon was not sighted on Saturday".
Late last week (2016-09-25), Oman's Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, had announced the decision to declare a non-working public holiday for the employees of the ministries, public authorities and other departments of the State's administrative apparatus, on the occasion of the upcoming annual Hijri New Year 1438 non-working public holiday in Oman, but at that moment, as was the case in a similar announcement of last year (2015-10-07), no specific Gregorian date had been set for this Omani public holiday to fall on the first day of Muharram, 1438 AH, as the aforementioned announcement states that the "Muharram moon sighting will be declared by the concerned authority".
In a separate announcement, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, Oman's Minister of Manpower, had also announced that the first day of Muharram, 1438 AH, would be an official non-working public holiday for employees at the private sector's companies.
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