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UAE public holidays in 2023: 3 long weekends coming up

Who doesn’t like holidays! The new year has kicked off and calendars have been rolled out with a list of all the upcoming holidays. After all, we all love making travel plans! So, with no further adieu, here’s a list of all the holidays public and private sector employees as approved by the UAE Cabinet.

Eid Al Fitr: April 20 to 23 (TBC)

The first holiday of the year, Eid Al Fitr falls on Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. As per the Georgian calendar, these fall from Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 23. However, this is subject to the moon sighting. If this is the case, we’re likely to enjoy a four-day long weekend.

Arafah Day: June 27 (TBC)

Arafat Day, the first day of Eid Al Adha falls on Dhul Hijjah 9. This is expected to be on Tuesday, June 27.

Eid Al Adha: June 28 to 30 (TBC) 

The day after Arafah marks the start of Eid Al Adha- one of the longest holidays celebrated in the UAE. It falls on Dhul Hijjah 10 to 12, which is likely to correspond to Wednesday June 28 to Friday June 30. However, this is also subject to the moon sighting. If this is the case, UAE residents will enjoy a six-day break from Tuesday, June 27, to Friday, June 30. 

Hijri New Year: July 21

Hijri New Year marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year. This year, it falls on Friday, July 21, which means a three-day weekend is on the cards. It is also known as Islamic New Year. 

Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday: September 29

Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi falls on September 29, which is a Friday. That would mean another three-day long weekend for residents who have off on Saturday and Sunday.

Commemoration Day and UAE National Day: December 2-3

Commemoration Day is usually marked on December 1, which is a Friday in 2023. Immediately after this is the UAE National Day, falling on December 2 and 3. This means it will be a three-day weekend, sealing the final long weekend of the year.

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