x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

National Day paid holidays revealed

Private sector employees will have a paid holiday on Thursday and also on Saturday to mark the Islamic new year. Public sector gets extra day.

November 28, 2010 / Abu Dhabi / (Rich-Joseph Facun / The National) Students perform a traditional Emirati dance during National Day Celebrations at Al Muna Primary School, Sunday, Noevmber 28, 2010.
November 28, 2010 / Abu Dhabi / (Rich-Joseph Facun / The National) Students perform a traditional Emirati dance during National Day Celebrations at Al Muna Primary School, Sunday, Noevmber 28, 2010.

Private sector employees will have a paid holiday on Thursday for National Day and also on Saturday to mark the Islamic new year.

Workers in the public sectors will get an extra day, returning to work on Monday.

Meanwhile, decorations bearing the number 39 have been going up around the country as the UAE prepares to celebrate 39 years since its foundation.

The police issued guidelines yesterday for those wishing to decorate their cars. Vehicles emblazoned with flags and sheikhs' faces are a common sight across the UAE every national day, but can make vehicles dangerous to drive.

Windscreens and mirrors should not be tinted in any way that would obscure the driver's vision. Licence plate numbers must not be obscured with decorations.

The police also warned that driving with passengers on the roof is not allowed.

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