Monday, 10 December 2007
Things are starting to wind up for the Eid/Christmas break here. Western firms are having their Christmas parties (we're going to the Lebanese restaurant at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel) and many expats are flying back home to spend Christmas with their families. The Muslim festival that occurs at this time of the year is Eid al-Adha which falls around the same time as Christmas every year and is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca. The exact date for Eid is decided by the sighting of the full moon but the dates haven't been announced yet as the decree has to come from the Moon Committee in Saudi. Once the announcement is made everyone has two days holiday followed a few days later by a couple of days off for Christmas for Western companies. By taking one or two days of annual leave I'll have nearly a full week off. We're making the most of it and heading to Yemen for a week.