No compensatory off if Eid falls on Friday, Saturday

DUBAI — No compensatory offs will be given to public sector employees if Eid Al Fitr falls on Friday and Saturday, according to a government official. The official attributed the decision to an order issued by the Cabinet last year regarding not granting extra days as compensation for public sector employees.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Mon 8 Oct 2007, 8:37 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:46 AM

“The public sector usually takes a three-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr. Employees of the government and public departments used to take compensation days off if Eid fell on Friday or Saturday. However, this has changed since the Cabinet’s order last year,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary in the Ministry of Labour Humaid bin Deemas said private sector employees would get only a two-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr.

“A statement will be issued by Minister of Labour Dr. Ali bin Abdullah al Ka’abi in a few days on the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holidays,” he said.

Bin Deemas also stressed that there would be, as usual, no compensation for the private sector for Friday or Saturday if Eid falls on either of those two days. “If Eid falls on Friday and Saturday then the holidays will be those two days off for the private sector. No compensation days will be given for the private sector employees as per the UAE labour law. If Eid falls on, let us say, Saturday and Sunday then the holidays will be relatively long when combined with Friday,” Bin Deemas pointed out.

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