Who knows what’s about to happen in 2019? We’ve got one reason cheer for a good year ahead, with next year’s public holidays announced.
New Year’s Day
On: Tuesday, 1st January
About: You’d probably be too exhausted to go back to work after a night of partying, eating, clubbing until the early hours. Thankfully, day one of the year will be a public holiday. You can still catch fireworks and celebrations across the country.
Photograph credit: Dubai Festival City
Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Ascension Day)
On: Wednesday, 3rd April
About: Marking the 27th day of the month of Rajab when Allah took Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Mecca to Jerusalem in one night and was then ascended to heaven, the day is celebrated for the completion of Muhammad’s journey.
On: Tuesday, 4th-Wednesday, 5th June
About: Ending one month of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr is one of the most celebrated holidays in UAE and will go on for two days. The festival will take place one day before the weekend, but the dates may vary by a day or two by the phases of the moon.
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On: Saturday, 10th August
About: Happening on the second day of the week-long Haj, Muslim pilgrims visit the Mount Arafat hill in Mina to the Mount of Arafat plain, performing prayers of Quran throughout the night, the reason being that Arafat was the last place where Muhammad gave his “farewell address”.
Eid Al Adha
On: Sunday, 11th August
About: Eid Al Adha translates to ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ where Allah honoured Ibrahim for sacrificing his son, Ismail. To celebrate Ibrahim’s sacrifice, domestic animals like camel or goats are sacrificed, out of which 1/3rd is retained by the family, 1/3rd is given to relatives and 1/3rd is given to the poor. Also, the festival will make it a three-day weekend.
Al Hijri-Islamic New Year
On: Sunday, 1st September
About: This year will ring in 1441 as per the Hijri calendar. It’s celebrated as Muharram, a time of remembrance and mourning throughout the first month. The date marks 1441 years since Prophet Muhammad migrated from Makkah to Madinah, dating back to 622 AD.
Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
On: Saturday, 9th November
About: Celebrated as Mawlid Al Nabi, the day is observed and celebrated as the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. On the lunar Islamic Calendar, it falls on the third month, on 12th Rabi’ ul-awwal. On this day, Prophet Muhammad is remembered for his dignity of humankind, integrity and trustworthiness.
On: Saturday, 30th November
About: Dedicated to Emirati Martyr’s, this day recognizes their efforts and sacrifices to protect the country. The annual Commemoration Day started in 2015 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, after 45 Emirati soldiers passed away during the ‘Operation Restoring Hope’ mission in Yemen.
Photograph credit: Wam
UAE National Day
On: Monday, 2nd December
About: Celebrating 47 years since unification from the Trucial States, part of the British Protectorate on December 2, 1971, UAE’s National Day is a fixed date for holiday and it will be a long weekend this year since it’s falling on a Sunday.