Islamic New Year holiday announced for UAE

Everyone is getting a long weekend in September
Islamic New Year holiday announced for UAE
05 Sep 2018 AT 12:36 PM
05 Sep 2018 AT 12:36 PM

Best start making some plans now...

The UAE government has announced the private sector will get September 13 (Thursday) off to celebrate Islamic New Year, or Hijri.

The actual date of Hijri is still to be confirmed, as we're waiting on word of the moonsighting. The announcement of a dry day is expected to follow. 

Work will resume on September 16 (Sunday) after the three-day-weekend. If Saturday is a working day as per your contract, then only Thursday and Friday will be off.

Some history for you: 

The Islamic New Year also known as Hijri New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic or Hijri calendar. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.

The new year marked the arrival of the Prophet Mohammed in Madinah after he emigrated from Makkah.

Known as the Hijra, the migration from Makkah to Madinah marked the beginning of the Islamic era in 622AD.