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BREAKING NEWS: Eid Al Fitr 2022 UAE Holidays announced for public sector

BREAKING NEWS: Eid Al Fitr 2022 UAE Holidays announced for public sector

by Tabitha BardaApril 21, 2022

The UAE Federal Government has announced the dates for the Eid Al Fitr holidays from the 29th of Ramadan until the third of Shawwal, according to the Islamic calendar, for government workers.

According to a tweet by UAE Barq it seems likely that Ramadan will consist of 30 days this year, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be Monday 2 May.

As a result the public holiday dates for federal government workers look likely to be from Saturday, April 30 (29 Ramadan) until Wednesday, May 4 (3 Shawwal).

Eid Al Fitr Holiday dates are subject to confirmation because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, meaning it is tied to the moon’s phases. The Islamic (or Hijri) calendar features 12 months, which run for 29 or 30 days, the start and end of which are determined by the appearance of the new crescent moon.


Ramadan is the eighth month of the Hijri calendar and this is when when the month-long period of prayer and fasting for Muslims happens each year.  The first day of Shawwal – the ninth month of the Hijri calendar – heralds the beginning of Eid-Al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan. There is a moon-sighting committee dedicated to spotting the moon and the exact date of the holiday will depend on when this committee spots the crescent of the Shawwal moon. Once the crescent has been spotted the committee can then announce the start of the Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

This is a live story and will be updated with further announcements.

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Tabitha Barda
Tabitha Barda is the Senior Editor of Oxbridge educated and an award winning journalist in the UAE for more than a decade, Tabitha is one of the region's shining lights in all that is education in the emirates. A mum herself, she is passionate about helping parents - and finding the stories in education that deserve telling. She is responsible for the busy 24x7 News Desk, our Advisory Boards and Specialist Panels - and's The School's Report - the global weekly round up of what matters in education for parents which is published every Friday, reviewing schools across the UAE - and features on issues that really matter. You can often find Tabitha on Parents United - our Facebook community board, discussing the latest schools and education issues with our parent community in the UAE - and beyond.

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