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QFIS on Eid Al Fitr 2016

The Eid Al-Fitr holiday will begin on Sunday (June 25), which means tomorrow will be the last working day for public sector employees before the break, the Emiri Diwan has announced.

Ministries, government departments and other public entities will be closed for 11 days including weekends, in line with previous years.

They will re-open on Tuesday, July 4, according to The Peninsula.

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Eid Fireworks show at Katara

The exact date of Eid has yet to be announced, pending the sighting of the new moon, but it is expected to begin on Sunday, June 25.

Eid Al Fitr is the festival that marks the end of Ramadan and is usually celebrated with a morning prayer, and family events in malls and public spaces around town later on in the day and evening.

Private sector

Employees working for private companies typically get around three days’ holiday for this Eid.

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The Alice in Wonderland show at City Center, Eid Al-Fitr 2016

However, with shops, cafes and restaurants open throughout the break, service sector staff may be expected to work.

The governor of Qatar Central Bank will set the holidays for those working in Qatar’s financial sector – including QCB staff, QCB-supervised financial institutions and employees of Qatar Financial Markets Authority.

What are your plans for the Eid holiday? Thoughts?

The seat of Qatar’s government is an imposing building, surrounded by a vast green lawn and several pointy steel rods.

In that sense, the Emiri Diwan is not unlike the American White House, notes Leon Kaye, founder of sustainability website

Except, of course, strolling across the White House lawn – or even giving the president’s home a funny look – could land someone in deep trouble.

Not so in Qatar, says Kaye, who ambled up to the Diwan after dinner at Souq Waqif on his first night in Doha, mistaking it for a popular picnicking spot:

I had not bothered with a guidebook, so I figured I would check out the building, see what the museum hours were, or explore the shops and restaurants that surely were hidden underground. I walked up to the buildings, tried to look through the windows’ blinds, sat down and munched on some snacks, polished off a drink yogurt, and sneered at my camera as I tried to take photos of myself.

I had no idea this imposing structure was the Amiri Diwan. I must have looked most undignified on the security cameras…

Clearly I fit the profile of “this guy’s harmless, let’s just leave him alone and we’ll rewind the security tape at various speeds for fun.”

Kaye, who doesn’t recommend that anyone try to recreate his magical night, adds that he came away with the impression that the Diwan “imparts both imposing power and yet a degree of innocence that is only natural in a society that has experienced rapid economic growth.”


Credit: Photo by Luqman Mohammad