Saudi Arabia confirms Eid Al-Adha 2019 will fall on 11 August

Saudi Supreme Court says Friday, 2 August was first day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1440 Hijri

Aerial view of the Makkah Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia.
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Aerial view of the Makkah Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia.

Friday, 2 August, 2019, is the first day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1440 Hijri, which means Eid Al-Adha will fall on Sunday, 11 August, 2019, the Saudi Supreme Court announced. 

In a statement published by Saudi Arabia's state news agency, SPA, and cited by the UAE's Wam, the Supreme Court announced that it arrived at its decision after receiving verified testimonies of seeing the Dhu al-Hijjah crescent by regional courts and many witnesses from different parts of the kingdom. 

The GCC is gearing up for Eid Al-Adha, with various public- and private-sector entities announcing holidays for the holy period. 

According to Arab Times, Kuwait's Civil Service Commission (CSC) said if Thulqida is of 29 days, Eid Al-Adha holidays will fall on 11-13 August, and if the month of Thulqida is of 30 days, Eid Al-Adha holidays will fall on 12-15 August. 

Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange Tadawul announced it would take a nine-day Eid Al-Adha break, starting on 9 August, 2019.

The four-day Eid Al-Adha holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE was announced on 4 August, with Arafat Day to be observed on 9 Dhu Al Hijjah 1440 and Eid Al-Adha celebrated on 10, 11, and 12 of the Islamic month, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) said.

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