The most extended break of the year is away in almost less than a month. The Islamic festival Eid Al Adha holiday comes down just before the two-month summer break in the UAE. This gives more vacation options for the residents.
The only question that still needs to be answered is whether it will be a five -or a six-day weekend, as the duration will depend on the sight of the Moon, which also helps to determine the start and end of the Islamic Hijri calendar months.
Likely dates of break:
As per the Islamic calendar, the official holiday to mark the festival is Dhul Hijjah from 9 to 12. However, the corresponding dates in the Gregorian calendar can only be determined based on the sight of the Moon. Moreover, astronomical calculations suggest the break is likely from Tuesday, June 27, to June 30. On adding Saturday and Sunday, it becomes a six-day break.
Besides, there is a chance that Dhul Hijjah 9 will come down to Wednesday, June 28, so if this happens, the break will be for five days, including the weekend.
When will you know for sure:
The Islamic festival is marked in the last month of the Hijri calendar- Dhul Hijjah. At present, we are in the 11th month – Dhul Qaidah. Today is Dhul Qaidah 12.
Muslims look for the present Moon on the 29th of each month.
Dhul Qaidah 29 is on June 18. If it is spotted, Dhul Hijjah will start on June 19, and the break will be from June 27. This will make it into a six-day break.
If the Moon is not sighted on June 18, Dhul Hijjah will start on June 20, and the break will be from June 28, resulting in a five-day suspension.
In short, you will know whether it’s a five-day or six-day break on Dhul Qaidah 29, which will be on June 18.
Demand for Travel:
Many residents are planning to go on a vacation during the Eid break. Special flight deals to nearby countries are being promoted for as little as Dh2,450 return.
However, entire holiday packages start from Dh2,600.