Egypt’s Ministry of Finance affirmed on Sunday that the August salaries will be paid to state employees on the 8th this month, before the Eid Al-Adha holiday, which runs from 11 to 15 August.
The ministry also affirmed that funds have been made available to pay the salaries for July, including scheduled allowances and increases for state employees from 14 to 18 July.
The ministry instructed administrative authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure that salaries of state employees are paid on time, on 15 September and 20 October.
The decision coincides with the start of the new fiscal year 2019/20, and is to ease any financial burdens for state employees, especially before the beginning of Eid Al-Adha and the start of the new academic year.
Eid Al-Adha is one of the two most important religious holidays on the Islamic calendar, along with Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
The Eid Al-Adha coincides with the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and marks the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son as an act of obedience to God.