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Eid al-Fitr Holiday Dates Across Arab Countries

The dates for Eid al-Fitr 2024 have been confirmed across most MENA and GCC countries.

By Inc.Arabia Staff
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The dates for Eid al-Fitr 2024 have been confirmed across various GCC and MENA states, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr to commemorate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The first day of Eid al-Fitr, marked on the first day of Shawwal, according to the Islamic Hijri calendar, is based on lunar calculations. Months vary between 29 and 30 days, depending on crescent sightings.

A sighting of the crescent after sunset in any country on the 29th day of Ramadan would indicate the end of the holy month and the start of Eid the day after. The start of the holiday is traditionally based on sightings of the new moon, which vary according to geographic location. That's why the dates vary from one country to the next. 

In the UAE, Ramadan will continue until Tuesday, April 9th, with Eid al-Fitr observed on Wednesday, April 10th. The government has declared a nine-day holiday for the public sector starting April 8th, while the private sector will enjoy a holiday until Friday, April 12th.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has announced that the private sector in Saudi Arabia will observe Eid Al-Fitr from Tuesday, April 9, to Saturday, April 13.

In Egypt, the government announced that public employees will enjoy a six-day break, including the weekend, from Tuesday, April 9, to Sunday, April 14.

Qatar's public sector holiday spans from April 7th to April 15th, with operations resuming on April 16th.

Oman's holiday for both the public and private sectors starts on April 9th, with work resuming on Sunday, April 14th.

Kuwait's Civil Service Commission declared the Eid al-Fitr holiday from April 9th to April 13th.

Other Arab countries, namely Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria, and Palestine, announced the beginning of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday. 

Eid al-Fitr is one of Islam's two main religious holidays, along with Eid al-Adha, which falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.

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