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Everything you need to know about the next UAE public holidays

And the next one is just around the corner.

We totally get it. You’re back from the long Eid break, and reality has hit you hard. The daily grind is calling, but you’re secretly daydreaming about your next escape. Don’t worry, we won’t judge. We know you’re itching for that next long weekend or one of the UAE public holidays to plan an epic getaway or relaxing staycation. And if your idea of bliss is curling up on your couch and binge-watching the latest shows and movies, we’re all for it.

The good news is that your next holiday fix is just around the corner. And that’s not all. We’re spilling the beans on all the upcoming UAE public holidays waiting for you throughout the year. 

Eid Al Adha: 17 June to 19 June

The Day of Arafat marks the day Prophet Muhammad PBUH delivered a farewell sermon on Mount Arafat. Arafat Day has been predicted by the Emirates Astronomy Society to take place on Sunday, 16 June. If that is the case, Eid Al Adha 2024 will fall on Monday, 17 June and mark the start of a three-day public holiday in the UAE. If you count the weekend, this creates a five-day break. Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Emirates Astronomy Society, confirmed that Thursday, 20 June will likely be the end of Tashriq and the end of the Hajj season.

Islamic New Year: 7 July

The Islamic New Year of 2024 will fall in July. And since it’s a Sunday, you’ll be relaxing as usual. But for those who work on Sundays, this holiday will be a much-needed respite.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ‘s birthday: 15 September

Following on a Sunday yet again, you can anticipate a day off to observe the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which is a significant religious holiday for Muslims in the UAE.

Commemoration Day & UAE National Day: 1 to 3 December

As the year draws to a close, December swoops in with its own set of holiday goodies. Commemoration Day, previously known as Martyrs’ Day, will fall on Sunday, 1 December. This is a day filled with reverence and respect to honour the brave heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the UAE. It’s a time to remember, reflect and pay our heartfelt tributes to these extraordinary individuals. The following day, Monday, 2 December, marks UAE National Day, celebrating the country’s founding and unity. Get ready to extend that holiday cheer because Tuesday, 4 December, is also a public holiday. That’s right, a glorious three-day weekend could be headed your way.

It’s important to note that the dates for Islamic holidays in this calendar rely on moon sightings, with predictions becoming clearer closer to the event. As we approach each of the UAE public holidays, stay tuned at FACT for updated dates. Till then, get planning.

GO: Visit www.mohre.gov.ae for more information.

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