One of the frustrating thiings about living in Dubai is that you never really know when a public holiday is because most of the time, the holiday is based on the phases of the moon.
So it’s only a day or so before the holiday is annoucned does one know what days are off (Makes vacation planning a pain). Matters are also complicated by the government shifting certain holidays to make a long weekend.
And let’s not forget last year when a public holiday was announced (at the last minute due to Bush’s visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai) just to keep the roads clear.
Days off are also given (again last minute) due to certain events such as the death of a sheikh.
Case in point, the Sheikh of Um Al Quwain recently passed away (Friday) and a holiday has been declared for tomorrow which means that I’ve just received a 4-day weekend as Thursday was a holiday (New Year’s Day), Friday and Saturdays are my weekends here, and now no work on Sunday.
And how did I find out that I had an extra day off tomorrow? I was sitting here updating my blog and thinking what a nice 3-day weekend I just had when I received a phone call from my co-worker saying that our office is closed tomorrow. WooHoo!