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UAE Astronomer Predicts the Start of Eid Al Adha

It’s the question on everyone’s mind right now: When is Eid Al Adha 2018… and can we expect a long weekend this time around? Here’s what a UAE-based astronomer is predicting…

When is Eid Al Adha 2018 in UAE?

Eid Al Adha will most likely fall on Wednesday, August 22, according to Ebrahim Al Jarwan from the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences. Arafat Day would then likely fall on Tuesday August 21 — the day before Eid. All dates are tentative as they are based on the lunar calendar and sighting of the moon.

Are we getting a long public holiday?

If Eid Al Adha starts on Wednesday, August 22, it’s highly possible that both the private and public sectors will get a five-day break starting Tuesday, August 21… with a return to work on Sunday, August 26.

What is Eid Al Adha?

Eid Al Adha is a three-day festival known as the Feast of Sacrifice or ‘big Eid’. It marks the climax of the hajj, the sacred journey to Mecca undertaken by millions of Muslims each year.

What is Arafat Day?

Arafat Day falls roughly 70 days after the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It marks the second day of the hajj where pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat outside of Mecca.

Any other public holidays this summer?

The Hijri New Year is expected to fall on Tuesday, September 11, so it’s possible workers will get one day off — though we’ll have to wait on confirmation. We’ll continue updating you as official announcements are made…

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