Public & National Holidays in United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates is one of the richest countries in the world. It has one of the biggest reserves of oil in the world and has seen great foreign investment in the last few years. Majority of the population is of Muslims and there is only a small percentage of Christians in the country. The majority of national holidays in the country are on religious events.


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    Holidays in January

    There will be two national holidays in the first month of the year in United Arab Emirates. First will be the New Years Day which is the 1st of January as it marks the start of the Gregorian calendar. January 24 would also be a holiday as the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) falls on that day, according to the Islamic calendar.

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    Holidays in June

    June 6 will be a national holiday as it marks the day when Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) travelled to Jerusalem and then to the heaven. Muslims observe this day as a holiday and engage themselves in prayers throughout to show their love for the Last Messenger of Allah.

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    Holidays in August

    Eid Al-Fitr will fall in this month and Muslims all over the world celebrate the end of the religious month of Ramadan. The Muslims fast for one whole month and abstain from bad deeds in this month. The Eid Al-Fitr falls on the 1st day of Shawwal and a three-day holiday is observed for this purpose. United Arab Emirates will observe the three-day holiday starting from August 14 this year.

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    Holidays in October

    Muslims observe the Eid Al-Adha, which is the latter of two Eids in a year, on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. This Eid is the greater of the two and is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. Muslims all over the world celebrate three days for Eid Al-Adha and this year they will observe the Eid from October 15 for a three-day period.

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    Holidays in November

    On November 5, it will be a national holiday in UAE as this date marks the beginning of the new Islamic Calendar. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and the first day of the year is considered to be a day off in the country.

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    Holidays in December

    December 2 and December 3 will be observed as national holidays in United Arab Emirates as the two days are marked as the country’s National Days.

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