No Arafah holiday in Bahrain
Manama, October 7, 2013
Bahrain will not be following Saudi Arabia in designating a public holiday for private sector employees the day before Eid Al Adha.
The Cabinet has accepted a list of approved days off presented by the Labour Ministry.
But Arafah Day, which has religious significance, has been omitted after protests from private sector bosses, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"We wanted to create a balance between holidays in the private and government sectors, but Arafah was omitted because it would mean that Eid Al Adha holiday would be four days and could extend further with weekends," remarked ministry Under-Secretary Sabah Al Dossary.
"The cabinet has to protect the welfare of businessmen and employees," he stated.
"Companies that adopt the government calendar of holidays could give it out if they have been doing so over the past years," Al Dossary added.-TradeArabia News Service