Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 November 2019

Dry night for Dubai this weekend as UAE marks Arafat Day

Live entertainment and alcohol may not be offered between 6.30pm on Friday and 7.30pm on Saturday, the authorities say

Hotels and restaurants in Dubai will not serve alcohol on Friday evening and Saturday during the day. Ryan Carter / The National
Hotels and restaurants in Dubai will not serve alcohol on Friday evening and Saturday during the day. Ryan Carter / The National

Hotels and restaurants in Dubai will refrain from serving alcohol and hosting live entertainment on Friday night and Saturday, on the occasion of Arafat Day.

Licensed premises have been advised the period will last from 6.30pm on Friday to 7.30pm on Saturday, according to a circular issued by Dubai Tourism to hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourist companies, tour boats and event organisers.

Public and private sector workers will have four days of holiday for Eid Al Adha this year — including three weekdays — from Saturday, August 10, until Tuesday, August 13. Hotel, restaurant and service industry staff typically work on Saturdays.

Eid Al Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, the other being Eid Al Fitr.

Earlier this year, it was announced by the UAE Cabinet that the private sector would have the same amount of holidays as their government counterparts.

Updated: August 4, 2019 06:58 PM

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