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UAE holiday dates for 2019 revealed

UAE holiday dates for 2019 revealed

The first public holiday in 2019, after New Year, is expected to fall in April

With 2019 fast approaching, the expected dates for the UAE’s public holidays have been revealed.

The UAE government website lists all the public holidays for 2019, although the actual dates for the Islamic occasions will depend on moon sightings. 

Next year, Ramadan is anticipated to begin at the start of May, with Eid Al Fitr – the first holiday after New Year – expected to fall in the beginning of April.

With Eid Al Adha forecast to fall on a Monday in August, UAE residents could expect a long weekend.

A full list of the public holidays with the expected number of days off is seen below. Islamic holidays are subject to change as moon sightings might suggest different dates.  

Tuesday, January 1

New Year’s Day

1 day

Wednesday, April 3 (based on moon-sighting)

Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Prophet’s Ascension)

1 day

Tuesday, June 4 

(based on moon-sighting)

Eid Al-Fitr

3 days for public sector

2 days for private sector

Saturday, August 10 

(based on moon-sighting)

Arafat (Haj) Day

1 day

Sunday, August 11 

(based on moon-sighting)

Eid Al-Adha

3 days for public sector

2 days for private sector

Saturday, August 31 

(based on moon-sighting)

Al Hijri (Islamic New Year)

1 day

Sunday, November 9 

(based on moon-sighting)

Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday

1 day

Saturday, November 30

UAE Commemoration Day

1 day

Monday, December 2

UAE National Day

2 days for public sector

1 day for private sector

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