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 March 2019 following an announcement by the UAE Cabinet.
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||3|
|Arafat (Haj) Day*||August 10th||Saturday||1|
|Eid Al Adha*||August 11th||Sunday||2|
|Hijri New Year’s Day*||August 31st||Saturday||1|
|Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday* (PBUH)||November 9th||Saturday||1|
|Commemoration Day||December 1st||Sunday||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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