Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik yesterday issued a Royal Decree No. 56/2020 fixing official holidays. Article (1) sets official holidays for units of the State’s Administrative Apparatus (Government units), legal entities and establishments of the private sector as follows: First: A. New Hijra Year on the 1st of Muharrahm. B. The Prophet’s Ascension on the 12th of Rabee Al Awal. C. Al-Isra W’Al-Miraj on the 27th of Rajab. D. Anniversary of National Holiday on the 18th and 19th of November. If one or both days of the weekend coincide with the above-mentioned holidays, it will be substituted by one day. It is permissible to modify the date of National Day if deemed necessary. Second: A. Eid Al Fitr holiday begins on the 29th of Ramadan and continues till the 3rd of Shawwal. B. Eid Al Adha holiday begins on the 9thof Dhul-Hajjah and continues till the 12th of Dhul-Hajjah. Friday shall be substituted if it falls on the first day of either eid. Article (2) cancels Royal Decree No. 76/96, and so shall anything that contradicts this decree or contravenes with its provisions. Article (3) says that this decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and enforced with effect from its date of issue.