UAE Public Holidays for 2019

These are the official dates of public holidays for the UAE for the coming year, as well as notable dates, so you can make a note in your diary now and plan ahead. Actual days off work for both the public and private sector should vary less than in the past and these are the dates announced by the Government so far.

This article was edited in September 2019 following an announcement by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).

Note that dates of holidays are subject to change, especially Islamic holidays, so I will update this as the year goes on and amend as required.

A number of the days fall on a Saturday this year, a day off for many, so we will have to wait and see if these are moved to the Sunday.

The intention behind the changes is to bring the private and public sectors more into line and provide more balance.


  Occasion Date Day of the week No. of Days
New Year’s Day January 1st Tuesday 1
Beginning of Ramadan* May 5th Sunday 0
Eid Al Fitr* June 4th Tuesday 4
Arafat (Haj) Day* August 10th Saturday 1
Eid Al Adha* August 11th Sunday 3
Hijri New Year’s Day* August 31st Saturday 1
Prophet’s Birthday* November 9th Saturday 1
Commemoration Day November 30th Saturday 1
UAE National Day December 2nd & 3rd Monday & Tuesday 2
*Islamic holiday dates are dependent on moon sighting and are subject to confirmation and may change

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