Informational Alert

Muslims to mark Eid al-Adha in the Middle East and North Africa, July 31-Aug. 2. Transport and business disruptions likely.

  • Incident: Eid al-Adha observance
  • Location(s): Middle East and North Africa (map)
  • Date: July 31 - Aug. 2; official date dependent upon lunar sightings
  • Impact: Increased security; widespread business and public office closures, transportation disruptions

 

Summary

Muslims throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will celebrate Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) July 31-Aug. 2; the exact dates, which depend on local lunar sightings, may vary by country. Government offices, private businesses, and financial institutions will close in many areas for at least three days for the observance. Individual countries and businesses will likely announce the exact closure dates a few days before the holiday.

Eid al-Adha is one of the most sacred holidays in Islam; the high point of the observance is the conclusion of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha is traditionally a busy travel holiday; driving is more hazardous than usual due to increased traffic congestion and public transportation is generally more crowded. Longer wait times at airports and flight delays are possible. It remains to be seen how any special restrictions related to the the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may impact the holiday.

 

Advice

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all business appointments and travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

 

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