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 of holiday for both the public and private sector should be the same and these are the dates announced by the UAE Government.
As usual, dates of Islamic holidays will be subject to slight variation, dependent on moon sighting, and others may also change.
|Occasion||Date||Day of the week||No. of Days|
|New Year’s Day||January 1st||Friday||1|
|Beginning of Ramadan*||April 12th||Monday||0|
|Eid Al Fitr*||May 11th||Tuesday||4|
|Arafat (Haj) Day*||July 19th||Monday||1|
|Eid Al Adha*||July 20th||Tuesday||3|
|Islamic New Year’s Day*||August 12th||Thursday||1|
|Prophet’s Birthday||October 21st||Thursday||1|
|Commemoration Day||December 1st||Wednesday||1|
|UAE National Day||December 2nd & 3rd||Thursday & Friday||2|
|*Islamic holiday dates are dependent on moon sighting and all are subject to confirmation and may change|
Some public holidays will fall on the weekend but unless you are contracted to work on that day, you are not entitled to time off in lieu or additional pay.
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Source: UAE Government Communications Office