Qatar public sector to get 11 days off for Eid al-Fitr 2014 holidays

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Ministries, government institutions and public entities in Qatar will be closed for the Eid al-Fitr holidays starting Sunday, July 27 and ending Monday, Aug. 4, QNA reports.

Employees are expected to return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 5, making the holiday 11 days – or seven working days, not counting the weekends. Last year, the public sector had a similar 12-day break.

Meanwhile, banks are expected to take a three-day holiday, but the specific dates have not yet been announced by Qatar Central Bank, QNA states.

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Banks usually close to coincide with the three days of Eid, and the exact start date of the holiday also remains unknown for now, as Muslims wait to spot the new moon.

Monday, July 28 is the likely beginning of festivities – though Tuesday is also possible. Qatar will make its official announcement regarding this on Sunday.

For anyone who has urgent paperwork to be processed, make sure to head to government offices tomorrow. The Ramadan hours for many of these services can be found here.

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