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Big News! It’s Going To Be A Long Holiday Season For The Public Sector

For those working in government ministries and federal departments, the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays are going to be a long one and you’d probably want to start checking on holiday and staycation deals!

Week-long holidays-It’s official!

Yahoo! Public sector employees will get a week-long break from 19th August to 23rd August followed by the weekend this Eid Al Adha, as reported by UAE’s official news agency, WAM, in line with a directive by UAE Cabinet. What’s more, the announcement came in right after when the Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah begins on 12th August, meaning that Eid Al Adha falls on 21st August.

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Private sector holidays are yet to be confirmed

Holiday period for the private sector is yet to be announced but according to Visit Abu Dhabi, the holidays begin with Arafat Day on 20th August, followed by Eid Al Adha holidays from 21st August to 24th August, followed by the weekend. In Saudi Arabia, authorities announced that it will be a nine-days long holiday, from 17th August to 26th August.

Next public holiday after Eid is in September

Four more public holidays remain this year after Eid Al Adha. The next public holiday is going to be on Tuesday, 11th September, to celebrate the Hijri Islamic new year. After which, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday falls on 20th November and it will be celebrated with a public holiday, followed by Commemoration Day on 30th November and UAE National Day on 2nd December.


Holiday Day(s) Date(s) No. of holiday(s)
Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Ascension Day) Friday 13th April 1
Eid Al-Fitr Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th June 2
Arafat Day Tuesday 21st August 1
Eid Al-Adha Wednesday and Thursday 22nd and 23rd August 2
Al Hijri-Islamic New Year Tuesday 11th September 1
Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday Tuesday 20th November 1
Commemoration Day Friday 30th November 1
UAE National Day Sunday 2nd December 1