As Oman prepares to celebrate Eid Al Fitr this weekend, the Government has announced that public and private sector employees will enjoy a five-day break starting from today (July 16).
In a statement issued by Oman News Agency (ONA), HE Sayyid Khalid Bin Hilal Bin Saud Al Busaidi, the Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, said the Eid Al Fitr holiday for employees of ministries, public authorities and other Government departments would begin today and work would resume on Tuesday, July 21.
“The Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court extended his congratulations to His Majesty the Sultan on this blessed occasion, praying to Allah the Almighty to protect His Majesty, grant him good health, happiness and a long life,” the ONA report said.
HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, the Minister of Manpower, also announced the same Eid holidays for private sector employees.
“The decision allows employers and employees to agree on work arrangements to compensate this holiday, if necessity arises,” he said in an announcement published on the ONA’s website. “The employees whose weekly off days coincide with the mentioned holiday should be compensated as well.”
Meanwhile, the Government has declared Thursday, July 23, a holiday for all public and private sector employees to celebrate Renaissance Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the day His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said ascended the throne in 1970.
Elsewhere, some of Oman’s GCC neighbours have also announced their Eid holidays, with government employees in Saudi Arabia enjoying the most with a total of 12 days, while its private sector has been awarded six days.
In Qatar, the public sector will have 11 days off, beginning from July 15, with work resuming on July 26.