Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced that Thursday, 12 August, will be a public holiday on the occasion of the Islamic (Hijri) new year, a cabinet statement read.
The premier’s decision applies to ministries, governmental bodies, general authorities, local administration units, public enterprises and public business sector companies.
It is expected that Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan will soon also announce Thursday a paid holiday for the private sector employees.
Islamic Date is also called Hijri Date in Muslim world that follows Moon phases as lunar calendar.
The new Hijri year, 1443, is estimated to start on Monday, according to astronomical calculations, but the government has decided since last year to grant Thursdays as a day off in the case of national holidays falling on weekdays.