Saudi Arabia reveals Eid Al Fitr 2024 holiday dates


As the holy month of Ramadan will soon come to an end, anticipation builds across the Gulf region for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

Saudi Arabia has already set its public holiday dates, granting workers a generous six-day break from Monday, April 8, to Thursday, April 11, inclusive of the weekend. This early announcement has left many in the UAE wondering whether their own public holiday dates will align with those of their neighbour.

Traditionally, the UAE and Saudi Arabia synchronize their Islamic public holiday dates due to the similarity in moon sightings, which dictate the start and end of Ramadan and subsequently Eid Al Fitr. However, with Saudi Arabia announcing its holiday dates approximately two weeks ahead of previous years, speculation arises about whether the UAE will follow suit.

According to estimations from UAE astronomers, Eid Al Fitr is projected to commence on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, with the preceding day, Tuesday, April 9, likely being declared a public holiday as well. This forecast sets the stage for a six-day holiday for residents across the UAE, both in the public and private sectors.

Yet, the recent announcement from Saudi Arabia introduces a potential shift in the UAE’s holiday schedule. While alignment between the two nations is common, the UAE government has yet to issue an official statement confirming the Eid Al Fitr public holiday dates. Until such an announcement is made, uncertainty lingers over whether UAE residents will indeed enjoy an extended break.

Despite the ambiguity surrounding holiday dates, anticipation for Eid Al Fitr festivities remains high. Families and communities eagerly await the opportunity to come together in celebration, marking the conclusion of a month-long period of fasting and reflection.

Whether it’s travelling abroad or enjoying festivities closer to home, preparations for Eid Al Fitr are underway across the UAE. While the exact holiday dates may be uncertain, the spirit of unity and joy that accompanies this auspicious occasion prevails, promising memorable moments for all.

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