Monday, 2 March 2009

The Holiday That Wasn't There

Topkapı Palace gate with Shahadah and his seal...Image via Wikipedia

It's Sunday! No Monday! No Sunday! No Monday!

Finally Gulf News puts the endless speculation to rest. The forthcoming one day national holiday on the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) will take place on Saturday for the private sector and Sunday for the public sector.

(Sound of tyres screeching)

Hang on. Isn't the Prophet's birthday by custom celebrated on the 12th of Rabi Al Awwal, corresponding this year (Hijri 1430) to Monday the 9th of March 2009?

This new arrangement means that the UAE's private sector, which takes a Friday/Saturday weekend - the same as the public sector - will not get a day off at all. And nobody will take a day's holiday on the right day.

"We did not want to cause any interruption between the public and private sectors," UAE Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash told Gulf News, explaining the reason why the change made the holiday 'more coherent' with the public sector holiday.

Oddly, he also told GN, "As far as I know, the majority of companies in the private sector have only one day off, which is Friday."

Why, then, if you are going to move the holiday to the wrong day at all, would you not give both public and private sectors the Sunday holiday? "Giving the holiday on Sunday would have caused another interruption in the holiday," Ghobash told GN's hard-eyed hack on the front line of the war against flibble.

So that's nice and clear, at least.

PS: We're taking Sunday anyway. Nyer Nyer Nyer Nyer Nyer...
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Mars said...

ugh. that means i work six days this week (i normally work 5) to get the extra lieu day i needed for my exam in April.

Dave said...

So what is the hidden agenda by the UAE Government here then???

Rose in Dubai said...

"As far as I know, the majority of companies in the private sector have only one day off, which is Friday"

As far as he knows???? What a complete dick! Its his bloody JOB to know!!! What is the point of being a minister of labour and admitting to not really knowing what the standard working week is.

Gob Arsh - what a bloody brilliant name for him. His mother must have known!

rosh said...

Ouch Rose!

Dubai Sunshine said...

They gave us Sunday off too :) And it seems most of our clients have the day off too....

Rose in Dubai said...

Yeah well, ok maybe I was ranting but mess with my family time at your peril!

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