With Eidul Fitr right around the corner, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has announced the official holidays for the festive occasion. All businesses will remain shut from the 29th of Ramazan until the 3rd of Shawwal. The same was revealed in a Twitter post uploaded by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, that also announced paid holidays for the scheduled days off. While the exact dates are subject to moon-sighting, the 29th of Ramadan corresponds to Tuesday, May 11, which will probably be the eve of Eid. This would mean a long weekend for all employees.
Meanwhile, Dr Shereena Al Mazrouei, health promotion manager at Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, urged people to avoid big Eid gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Talking to The National UAE, she said the Abu Dhabi Police has broken up 39 illegal gatherings since the beginning of Ramadan, adding that many people have been breaching Covid-19 SOPs of late.
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Al Mazrouei said, “Ramadan and Eid are very critical times and we have noticed that people are becoming even more lax because of vaccinations.” She continued, “We are definitely looking forward to 100 per cent vaccination. But those who are vaccinated should still not go out to Ramadan and suhoor gatherings and spread the infection.” The UAE has one of the biggest and fastest vaccine distribution rates compared to other countries around the world. “Yes, those who have gotten vaccinated have a better chance of not contracting the virus but they should continue to follow precautionary measures until the pandemic is over,” the health expert concluded.