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Qatar hospitals, schools start announcing Eid al Adha schedules

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Private and public-sector organizations across Qatar have begun announcing their schedules for the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays.

Eid officially begins on Sept. 12, but no official dates for the government’s break have been shared yet.

However, Al Sharq reported yesterday that public sector staff would get five working days off for the holiday, or all of next week.

This would be in keeping with what happened last year in Qatar, and also mirrors Dubai’s government vacation dates for Eid.

Meanwhile, employees in private businesses in the Emirati city will get three days’ leave, from Sept. 11 until 13 inclusive.

This will likely also be the case for Qatar, though off days vary depending on the employer.

School break

According to Qatar’s unified school calendar, most schools will not open for new terms until Sept. 18.

However, some schools that have already begun had planned three-day holidays for Eid, and are now being instructed to extend them to five days.

That includes Doha English Speaking School (DESS), which told parents yesterday that it would be closed all of next week, instead of from Sept. 13 to 15.

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Meanwhile, administrative and teaching staff at ACS Doha International School will now be off next week. Students remain on summer vacation until Sept. 18, a spokesman for the school told Doha News.

Other schools have yet to confirm their calendars.

Terry Gamble, Head of School at Gems American Academy in Al Wakrah, told Doha News he is waiting for “definitive word” from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education before finalizing any dates.

Many other international schools, including a number of Indian schools, have had a long summer and will resume after Eid.

Clinic closures

In the health sector, Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC) has announced its working schedule for Eid.

All hospital outpatient clinics will be closed for for at least three days, from Sept. 11 to 13.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

And some will be closed for the entire week, while other clinics will operate a reduced schedule on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

Full details of the closures can be found in HMC’s statement here.

What are your Eid plans? Thoughts?

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