As the Sultanate prepares to celebrate Eid Al Adha next week, the Government has announced that both public and private sector workers will receive a five-day break to mark the blessed occasion.
As per the royal orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the Eid Al Adha holiday for employees at ministries, public authorities and other state departments will be from Sunday, September 11 to September 15.
Work will resume on Sunday, September 18.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nassir Al Bakri, the Minister of Manpower, also confirmed that private sector employees would receive the same five-day break for Eid Al Adha.
This brings the number of leave days to nine if you add in both weekends – five more than in previous years.
Oman’s neighbour, the United Arab Emirates, has given just three days of leave for private sector employees over Eid Al Adha, from September 11 to September 13.
However, the UAE’s public sector will be off work for five days. Saudi Arabia has announced that Eid Al Adha will begin on September 12.
Meanwhile, travel firms are reporting a last-minute rush in bookings from residents in Oman. However, airfares and hotel bookings have spiralled by as much as 200 per cent.