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Long Weekend Coming Up And Dry Day Announced

Good news residents! The UAE Cabinet and Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation(MOHRE) have announced a holiday for both the public and private sectors next week to mark Al Hijri New Year.

Holiday on 13th September

Marking the beginning of the Islamic new year, an important occasion for Muslims observing the first day of Muharram (first day of the Islamic calendar). The holy occasion is likely to fall between Tuesday, 11th September to Wednesday, 12th September, which are working days.

Instead, workers will enjoy a day off on Thursday, 13th September creating a long weekend.

No public celebrations to mark the new year

Normally, Hijri Islamic new year is celebrated by religious activities such as praying and pilgrimage. However, there won’t be any public celebrations or events happening, unlike Eid. Also, hotels and bars won’t be performing live entertainment, nor will alcohol be served as it will be a dry day as of Monday, 10th September from 6 pm till Tuesday, 11th September 7 pm.

Next public holiday in November

Similar to Hijri Islamic new year, the next public holiday will fall on a Tuesday too, marking Prophet Muhammed’s(PBUH) birthday, on 20th November. We’ve got our fingers crossed hoping the holiday instead gets scheduled for a Thursday instead and lastly, there will be two remaining public holidays, marking Commemoration Day on 30th November and UAE National Day on 2nd December.

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