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There’s going to be a dry night in Dubai next week



In anticipation of Isra’a Wal Mi’raj, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced that there will be a dry night in Dubai next week.

The dry period, that will see all restaurants and bars in the city serve soft drinks and food, will run from 6pm on Friday, April 13, and last until 7pm on Saturday, April 14.

While the exact date of religious holiday which marks the night that Allah took Mohammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and then to heaven is not yet known, it is believed that either Thursday, April 12 or Sunday, April 15 will be a public holiday. As Islamic holidays depend on the sighting of the moon as Islam follows the principals of the lunar calendar.

We’ll, of course, update you on the exact date when the holiday is announced.

On the topic of holidays, we’ve rounded up the complete list of expected public holidays for this year…

Friday, April 13* – Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (the day off could be moved to Thursday, April 12 or Sunday, April 15)
Friday, June 15* – Eid Al Fitr  (2 days)
Monday, August 20* – Arafat (Haj) Day
Tuesday, August 21* – Eid Al Adha (3 days)
Tuesday, September 11* – Al Hijri (Islamic New Year)
Tuesday, November 20* – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (PBUH)
Friday, November 30 – Commemoration Day
Sunday, December 2 – UAE National Day

*Holiday dates are dependent on moon sightings

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