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UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced there’s no public holiday for Isra Wal Miraj tomorrow, but this isn’t entirely bad news for public and private sector employees.

Public holiday cancelled for Isra Wal Miraj

Until 2018, the auspicious day of Isra Wal Miraj used to be marked with a public holiday in the UAE. However, MOHRE decided to remove the occasion from the public holidays calendar this year. The Ministry says, “We would like to extend our greetings on the occasion of Al Isra Wal Miraj. In regards to the public holidays, they have been specified in the UAE Cabinet’s decree. The unified holidays aim to achieve harmony between the public & the private sectors.”

Equal holidays for UAE’s public and private sector

Last month, the UAE Cabinet announced a new list of public 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.

Photograph credit: MOHRE

Next public holiday in June

Employees from the public and private sector can start making travel plans this June, in time for Eid Al Fitr. The occasion marks the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and is celebrated with fireworks, feasts and country-wide celebrations. As to MOHRE’s announcement, the public holiday dates are from 29th Ramadan (May) to 3rd Shawwal (June), meaning it could go on for up to five days, depending on the phase of the moon.

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