The Abu Dhabi government has revealed the UAE’s public holiday dates in 2015 through an announcement in its website.
“The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon,” the government said.
“Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon.”
Although the announcement was made by the Abu Dhabi government, public holidays will be similar in other emirates.
According to the website, all federal ministries, public departments and institutions will have 10 public holidays in 2015. The holidays for the private sector will be announced closer to the date.
Declared public holidays for the government sector, with Islamic holidays subject to change according to the position of the moon, are listed below.
January 1: New Year’s Day
January 3: Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday
May 16: Israa and Miraj Night*
June 18: Ramadan expected to begin*
July 17: Eid Al Fitr*
September 14: Haj season*
September 22:Arafat Day*
September 23: Eid Al Adha*
October 15: Hijri New Year*
December 2 and 3: UAE National Day