Eid-il-Fitr: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

Eid al Fitr 2018 Has the moon been sighted

"It is decided that the first and second days of the month of Shawwal 1439 Hijri shall be a paid vacation for all private-sector employees on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr", a circular issued by Minister Nasser Al Hameli said.

A similar announcement was made yesterday by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources regarding public sector workers.

Muscat: The Shawwal Moon sighting Committee will gather tomorrow, Thursday, between 6:00-8:30 pm to confirm the sighting of Shawwal crescent.

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Earlier in the week, it was announced that public sector workers in the UAE would get at least Thursday, June 14 off for the Eid Al Fitr long weekend. Free parking in Dubai will be activated on 29 Ramadan (Thursday June 14) and applies until 3 Shawaal 1439H (Sunday June 17).

"Though compared to Pakistan, chances are slightly higher that Shawwal crescent moon will be sighted on June 14 evening in other Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar due to their location", he said, adding, "Now it depends on the federal government whether it announces Eid to be celebrated across Pakistan on June 16 (Saturday) on the basis of scientific calculations or on June 15 (Friday) on the basis of "evidence".

A statement released by the Ministry says the holiday is to mark the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr across the country.

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