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The UAE public holidays have been announced for 2024

With four long weekends, 2024 is gearing up to be a fantastic year.

The year 2024 is almost upon us and while we await the holidays left for this year, the UAE is gearing up for yet another year of festivities. The UAE Cabinet, led by Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has given the nod to the official holidays calendar for 2024. So get ready to mark your calendars and plan your vacations because 2024 promises not only a generous number of public holidays but also some extended weekends.

1 January 2024: New Year’s Day

Start the year on a high note with a three-day weekend. 1 January falls on a Monday, giving you the perfect opportunity to recover from the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

9 to 12 April 2024: Eid Al Fitr

The end of Ramadan marks Eid Al Fitr, which brings a six-day break in 2024. From 9-12 April and adding the following weekend, this break is a time for joy, feasting, and celebration. You can also plan some getaways during this time.

16 to 19 June 2024: Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha

Marking the holiest day in Islam, Arafat Day, and the subsequent celebration of Eid Al Adha gives you a five-day break. The festivities extend from Sunday, 16 June to 19 June. Including the preceding Saturday, you get a five-day holiday.

7 July 2024: Islamic New Year

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.

15 September 2024: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Birthday

Following on a Sunday yet again, you can anticipate a day off to observe the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

2 to 3 December 2024: UAE National Day

End the year with a bang as the UAE National Day offers a four-day holiday. 2-3 December falls on Monday and Tuesday, providing an extended weekend to celebrate the nation.

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 celebration in 2024, stay tuned at FACT for updated dates. Till then, get planning.

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

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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