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UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) declares Sunday, 1st September as a holiday for workers in the public and private sector to mark Hijri New Year.

Public holiday announced

Brace yourselves for another long weekend. As if the holiday laziness after the five-day-long Eid Al Adha break wasn’t enough, the Ministry announced another paid holiday for workers in the public and private sector on Sunday, 1st September (1st of Muharram 1441).

Dry night announced on 31st August

In time for the public holiday, it’s worth mentioning the city will mark a dry night from 6:30 pm on Saturday, 31st August till 7:30 pm on Sunday, 1st September. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are refrained from serving alcoholic beverages.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announces the 1st of Muharram 1441, an official holiday on the occasion of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hijri_New_Year?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hijri_New_Year</a>. This will be a paid holiday for all government entities, establishments, and private companies in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UAE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UAE</a>. <a href="https://t.co/fCwKK2l3VJ">pic.twitter.com/fCwKK2l3VJ</a></p>— MOHRE_UAE (@MOHRE_UAE) <a href="https://twitter.com/MOHRE_UAE/status/1163497294668423168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office

What’s Hijri Islamic New Year?

Hijri Islamic New Year marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar. It doesn’t involve public celebrations usually, as it’s a day dedicated to faith.

Four more public holidays in 2019

Hijri Islamic New Year: Sunday, 1st September

UAE Commemoration Day: Sunday, 1st December

UAE’s 48th National Day: Monday, 2nd to Tuesday, 3rd December

UAE public holiday hijri new year 1st september long weekend

Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office

Equal holidays for the public and private sector

The UAE Cabinet announced a new list of holidays for this year and 2020, granting equal days off for workers in the public and private sector.

The list adds up to 14 days off every year. However, auspicious occasions like Isra Wal Miraj in April and Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday in November were cancelled from the calendar.

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