UPDATED: UAE confirm holiday to mark Islamic New Year
The UAE Federal Government has announced that Thursday, September 21, will be a holiday to mark Al Hijra.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) made the announcement for Islamic New Year, which means that public and private sector workers across the UAE will have a three-day weekend.
Work will resume on Sunday, September 24.
And that’s not the only national holiday left in 2017. Martyr’s Day (Commemoration Day) is recognised on November 30 each year. Experts predict that this will be the same day as Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday, which is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal – this date could change depending on the moon sighting. As November 30 is a Thursday, it is likely that it will be a day off, giving most workers in the UAE a long weekend.
The third long weekend is UAE National Day, which is celebrated on December 2nd (Saturday), however, it’s possible that December 3 (Sunday) will also be given as a national holiday.
Thursday, November 30 – Martyrs’ Day
Thursday, November 30* – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (PBUH)
Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day
*Date could change depending on moon sighting