Party fiends, take note. A dry night has been announced next week for Dubai, to observe the auspicious day of Isra Wal Miraj.
Dry night announced next week
If you’ve got plans with friends next Tuesday, you might want to re-plan it. Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) issued a circular announcing a dry night, starting from 6 pm on Tuesday, 2nd April till 7 pm on Wednesday, 3rd April. All the restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beach clubs across the city will remain dry during this period.
Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office
Isra Wal Miraj falling on 3rd April
Known as the Day of Ascension, Al Isra Wal Miraj marks the day Prophet Muhammed completed his journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and was ascended to heaven. The Islamic festival used to be marked as a holiday for the public and private sector. We’ll keep you posted if a holiday is announced this year, depending on the phase of the moon.
Next public holiday in June
Last March, the UAE Cabinet revamped public holidays for 2019 and 2020, announcing equal holidays for the public and private sector. Since Isra Wal Miraj isn’t listed in the holiday dates, employees will have to wait until Eid Al Fitr to enjoy a day off, falling on Monday, 3rd June. The duration of the public holiday depends on the duration of Ramadan, whether it lasts 29 or 30 days.