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Old Jul 24th 2008, 1:21 pm
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I've heard it is officially on Wednesday but being moved to Thursday, can anyone clarify?

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Old Jul 24th 2008, 1:23 pm
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it will only be for public sector and it will be moved to a thursday so it can be made a long weekend for some.
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Old Jul 24th 2008, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by busybee2 View Post
it will only be for public sector and it will be moved to a thursday so it can be made a long weekend for some.
what do you mean public sector only?
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I have now heard that it is on wednesday but the day off work will be Thursday.

Pubs and clubs are only closed Tuesday and will reopen wednesday.

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I have now heard that it is on wednesday but the day off work will be Thursday.

Pubs and clubs are only closed Tuesday and will reopen wednesday.

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Is this a UAE wide public holiday? What is it in aid of?
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Is this a UAE wide public holiday? What is it in aid of?
Al Esra and Al Mairaj - or so out website says, whatever the hell that means.
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public is government etc, private equals private companies, they usually only give hols for public and private always misses out or they give it to them on a friday!
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It's a public holiday to mark the Ascension of the Prophet.

Islamic days start at sunset not at midnight so the holiday on Wednesday officially runs from sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday hence the bars being closed Tuesday night. Moving the day off to Thursday to make a long weekend sounds like sensible practicality!

Depends on your company whether you get an extra day of as well or not - some give it some don't, but all public sector will be off for sure.
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I have just been told that we are getting Thursday off and so is my best friend so it must be fairly widespread as we both work for miniscule private companies. How about you guys and gals?
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The DIFC and Dubai Financial Markets will be closed on Thursday so it's official for all the freezone companies in there?
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I've heard it is officially on Wednesday but being moved to Thursday, can anyone clarify?

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yup, as expected ours is now thursday - get in there.
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Woooo my company has just confirmed we have Thursday off, I've also booked Weds as holiday so 4 days for me!! Boooyaaa
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Default Re: Public Holiday next week?

Originally Posted by jrudofsky View Post
The DIFC and Dubai Financial Markets will be closed on Thursday so it's official for all the freezone companies in there?
I work in the freezone, and have been advised that the day off is Thursday, so long weekend!
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You can bet that all our esteemed colleagues in London, Europe and the US will pay little attention to that....a bit like on Fridays. I really enjoy retunring people's calls on Sunday mornings.
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Originally Posted by jrudofsky View Post
You can bet that all our esteemed colleagues in London, Europe and the US will pay little attention to that....a bit like on Fridays. I really enjoy retunring people's calls on Sunday mornings.
Our fantasitc HR guy rang me up at 5am on a Sunday morning when we were sorting contracts out before I came out here, obviously he has never heard of time difference, never mind looked into what the UK working week was.
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