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List of public holidays in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE

List of official public holidays in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE 2019

List of official UAE public holidays in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, other emirates for 2019 and 2020. Including Christmas, Easter, Eid Al Adha, Eid Al Fitr, New Years Eve, Prophets birthday, Ramadan.

In the UAE, government public sector workers get longer holidays than private sector workers on some occasions (Eid Al Adha, Eid Al Fitr, UAE National Day). Exact dates for Islamic holidays are not officially confirmed or announced until shortly before the holiday as they depend on moon sightings each month. See second table below for dates in 2019.

Public holidays in UAE
Holiday name Calendar date Days Notes
[not a UAE holiday] Gregorian Islamic Private Public  
Arafat Day   09 Zul Hijja 1 1  
[Christmas] 25 Dec       Not a public holiday. Events and displays at malls.
[Easter] varies       Not a public holiday.
Eid Al Adha   10 Zul Hijja 3 3-5  
Eid Al Fitr   01 Shawal 2 3  
Hijri   01 Muharram 1 1 Islamic new year's day
Isra Wal Miraj   27 Rajab 1 1 Night of Israa and Mi'raj, Lailat al Miraj
[Laylat Al Qadr]         Not a public holiday
Martyr's Day 30 Nov   1 1 UAE Commemoration Day, started 30 Nov 2015
National Day UAE 02 Dec   1 2-3  
New Years Day 01 Jan   1 1  
New Years Eve 31 Dec       Public holiday 01 Jan. Traffic jam 31 Dec to 01 Jan.
Prophet's birthday   12 Rabi ul Awal 1 1 Eid Al Mawlid Al Nabawi (Al Nabi)
[Ramadan]   01-end Ramadan     Not a holiday, but daily working hours reduced.
[UAE Flag Day] 03 Nov       Not a holiday. Anniversary of Sheikh Khalifa presidency in 2004.
UAE Martyr's Day, Commemoration Day

Martyr's Day (renamed from Commemoration Day in 2018) is usually on 30 Nov each year, since 2015, to commemorate the memory of UAE citizens who have sacrificed their lives representing the UAE in civil, humanitarian, or military services. One minute silence held, UAE flag lowered in the morning and raised again after the one minute silence period, and UAE National Anthem played.

Public holidays by Gregorian (Hijri) calendar year

Public holidays for public sector workers in the UAE were longer than for private sector workers until 05 March 2019 when the UAE Cabinet decided that private and public sector workers should be given the same number of holidays. Some employers in the UAE have started to implement the new policy, and some haven't.

Public holiday dates in UAE 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Month Holiday 2017 dates
Hijri 1438
2018 dates
Hijri 1439
2019 dates
Hijri 1440
2020 dates
Hijri 1441
Days Notes
            Private Public  
                 
Jan New Years Day   01 Jan 2018 01 Jan 2019 01 Jan 2020 1 1  
Feb                
Mar Easter             Easter not a holiday
Mar Isra Wal Miraj       22 Mar 2020 1 1  
Apr Isra Wal Miraj     03 Apr 2019   1 1  
Apr Ramadan 2020       24 Apr-23 May     Ramadan not a holiday
May Ramadan 2018-2019   17 May-14 Jun 06 May-03 Jun       Ramadan not a holiday
May Eid Al Fitr       24 May 2020 2 3  
Jun Eid Al Fitr     04 Jun 2019   2 3  
Jul Arafat Day       30 Jul 2020 1 1  
Jul Eid Al Adha       31 Jul-02 Aug 3 3-5  
Aug Hijri New Year     31 Aug 2019 23 Aug 2020 1 1 Islamic New Year
Aug Arafat Day     10 Aug 2019   1 1  
Aug Eid Al Adha     11 Aug 2019   3 3-5  
Oct Prophet's birthday       29 Oct 2020 1 1  
Nov Prophet's birthday     09 Nov 2019   1 1 12 Rabi ul Awal
Nov-Dec Martyr's Day   29 Nov 2018 01 Dec 2019 01 Dec 2020 1 1 Default is 30 Nov but varies
Dec National Day UAE     02 Dec 2019 02 Dec 2020 1-2 2-3 02-03 Dec holiday in 2019, 2020
  Christmas Day   25 Dec 2018 25 Dec 2019 25 Dec 2020     Christmas Day not a holiday
  New Year's Eve   31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2020     NY Eve not a holiday

Death of a member of the royal family, ruling family

Working week in the UAE

2020 UAE public holidays

Official list of holidays announced by UAE Cabinet on 31 October 2019.

2019 UAE public holidays

2015 public holidays in Dubai and UAE

2014 public holidays in the UAE

2013 public holidays in the UAE

Archive dates table

Archive of public holiday dates in UAE 2013-2017
Month Holiday 2013 2014 2015 dates
Hijri 1436
2016 dates
Hijri 1437
2017 2018 Days Notes
                Private Public  
                     
Jan New Years Day 01 Jan 2013 01 Jan 2014 01 Jan 2015 01 Jan 2016     1 1  
  Prophet's birthday 24 Jan 2013 12 Jan 2014 03 Jan 2015 11 Dec 2016     1 1  
Feb                    
Mar                    
Apr                    
May Isra Wal Miraj   26 May 2014 15/16 May 2015 05 May 2016     1 1  
Jun Isra Wal Miraj 06 Jun 2013                
  *Ramadan 2014-16   29 Jun start 18 Jun start 07 Jun start          
Jul Eid Al Fitr   28 Jul 2014 17 Jul 2015 07 Jul 2016     2 3  
Aug Eid Al Fitr 08 Aug 2013                
Sep Arafat Day     23 Sep 2015 12 Sep 2016     1 1  
  Eid Al Adha     24 Sep 2015 13 Sep 2016     3 3  
Oct Arafat Day 14 Oct 2013 03 Oct 2014         1 1  
  Eid Al Adha 15 Oct 2013 04 Oct 2014         3 3-5  
  Hijri New Year   25 Oct 2014 15 Oct 2015 03 Oct 2016     1 1  
Nov Hijri New Year 05 Nov 2013           1 1  
Dec National Day UAE 02 Dec 2013 02 Dec 2014 02 Dec 2015       1 2-3  
  Prophet's birthday     24 Dec 2015       1 1  
          02 Dec 2016          
          12 Dec 2016          

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