Well, finally the rumours have been put to rest.
It's been confirmed what the holidays are:
Monday 14th - Thursday 17th October are to be recognized as public holidays by all sectors. A return to work on Sunday 20th October it is then.
If you didn't book something already, Oman Air are still flogging trips to Sri Lanka, everything else seems pretty much booked up!
Bars and bottle shops will be closed from Sunday 6pm to Tuesday 6pm.