The first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on September 12, Saudi Arabia has announced on Thursday night, according to Saudi media. Arafat Day, the climax of the annual pilgrimage, will fall on Sunday, September 11.
Qatar’s government is yet to issue official holiday dates. Generally, public sector will have five days off for Eid Al Adha while, private and other business establishments usually close for three days.
During the 10 days, including Eid, Muslims descend on the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage. They are also encouraged to fast, intensify their worship and do good deeds.
Qatar bans the sales of alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan and on Prophet Mohammed’s birthday. Hotel spokespeople told the publication they had yet to receive notice of the alcohol ban from the QTA this year but expected to receive the instruction soon. Last year, hotels stopped stocking mini bars in rooms as well as in bars and restaurants ahead of Eid Al Adha. However, customers could order from alcohol from room service if they consumed it privately, according to the publication.
Qatar’s stricter approach to alcohol sales comes in contrast to nearby Dubai, where expats are able to consume alcohol in bars and restaurants during Ramadan, although typically not the night before and day of Eid holidays.
The Qatari government has also taken a hardline stance against the public celebration of non-Islamic events including Valentines Day and Christmas.
Meanwhile, the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) has announced that September 12 is the first day of Eid al-Adha in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Turkey and Japan, according to the news agency Barq.