Islamic New Year holiday for UAE public and private sectors announced

The holiday is expected to fall on September 1, though it is subject to the moon sighting

The government of the United Arab Emirates has announced a holiday for Hijri New Year for both the public and private sectors.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced that public sector workers will get a day off on the first day of Muharram, according to the Islamic calendar. Private sector workers in the country will also get the day off, the ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced.

Using the Gregorian calendar, Hijri is expected to fall on Sunday, September 1 – giving workers in the UAE a three-day weekend. However, this is dependent upon the sighting of the moon.

Under a new decree approved by the UAE Cabinet in March, public and private sector companies in the UAE will have the same number of national holidays this year and in 2020.

Isra wal Miraj and the Prophet’s birthday – which were previously observed as public holidays – have not been listed.