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Planning staycations, getaways and vacations are about to get easier, with the UAE Government’s decision to equal the number of holidays among the public and private sector.

Equal holidays among public and private sector

Last week, the UAE Government announced this year’s public holidays (which will remain the same for 2020). They also announced the dates will apply for both the UAE’s public and private sector, claiming it will help achieving “a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy.”

Updated holidays announced

As always, the first day of the year begins with a public holiday. The next upcoming public holiday will be Eid Al Fitr, falling from 29th Ramadan to 3rd Shawwal, which will most likely fall in the first week of June, followed by Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha likely to fall in mid-August, as announced from 9th-12th Dhu Al Hijjah, and Hijri New Year on Friday, 23rd August. The confirmed dates for these public holidays will be announced closer to their dates, depending on the phase of the moon. Lastly, Commemoration Day falls on Sunday, 1st December with one public holiday and two public holidays announced for the 48th UAE National Day, from 2nd-3rd December.

Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office

Long weekend in June, August and December

With the updated public holidays announced, this also means there’s one big long weekend coming up this December, during UAE Commemoration Day and the 48th National Day, from Sunday, 1st December to 3rd December. Also, it’s not a bad idea to start planning vacations for early June and mid-August, in time for Eid Al Fitr, Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha.

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