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List of official public holidays in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE 2017

List of official UAE public holidays in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, other emirates for 2017 and 2018. 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). Dates for some holidays are not officially confirmed or announced until shortly before the holiday. See second table below for dates in 2017.

Holiday name Calendar date Days Notes
  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
Laylat Al Qadr         Not a public holiday
Thanks for visiting Dubai       Tell your friends
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  
Ramadan   01-end Ramadan     Not a holiday, but daily working hours reduced.
  • Isra Wal Miraj = Israa and Miraj, Israa and Miaraj (?)
  • Muharram = Muhrram
  • Rabi ul Awal = Rabul Awal, Rabi Al Awwal, etc
  • Shawal = Shawwal
  • Zul Hijja = Dhul Hijja, Dhulhajja, Zul Hajja, Zulhijja, Zulhajja, etc

Public holidays by Gregorian calendar year

  • Dates in italics not confirmed.
Month Holiday 2014 date 2015 date 2016 date   Days Notes
            Private Public  
                 
Jan New Years Day 01 Jan 2014 01 Jan 2015 01 Jan 2016   1 1  
  Prophet's birthday 12 Jan 2014 03 Jan 2015 11 Dec 2016   1 1 12 Rabi ul Awal
Feb                
Mar               Easter not a holiday
Apr                
May Isra Wal Miraj 26 May 2014 16 May 2015 05 May 2016   1 1 15 or 16 May 2015
Jun Isra Wal Miraj              
  *Ramadan 2014 29 Jun start 18 Jun start 07 Jun start       Ramadan not a holiday
Jul Eid Al Fitr 28 Jul 2014 17 Jul 2015 07 Jul 2016   2 3  
Aug Eid Al Fitr              
Sep Arafat Day   23 Sep 2015 12 Sep 2016   1 1 22, 23 or 24 Sep 2015
  Eid Al Adha   24 Sep 2015 13 Sep 2016   3 3 Start 23, 24 or 25 Sep 2015
Oct Arafat Day 03 Oct 2014       1 1  
  Eid Al Adha 04 Oct 2014       3 3-5  
  Hijri New Year 25 Oct 2014 15 Oct 2015 03 Oct 2016   1 1 Islamic New Year
Nov Hijri New Year         1 1  
Dec National Day UAE 02 Dec 2014 02 Dec 2015 02 Dec 2016   1 2-3 02 Dec holiday
  Prophet's birthday   24 Dec 2015 12 Dec 2016   1 1  
                Christmas day not a holiday
                NY Eve 31 Dec not a holiday
  • Ramadan not a holiday but is a period when normal working hours are reduced from 8 hrs to 6 hrs per day.

Death of a member of the royal family, ruling family

  • When the ruler of an emirate (sheikh) dies, schools and government organisations might be closed for a period of several days as part of the mourning period. It is not really appropriate to refer to this time as a holiday.

2015 public holidays in Dubai and UAE

  • Prophet Mohammed's birthday holiday announced as Sat 03 Jan 2015 for private sector. Public sector will not get an extra day - federal and government ministries and offices are closed on Saturdays anyway (WAM 28 Dec 2014).
  • New Years Day holiday for both public and private sector on Thu 01 Jan 2015. Private sector will also get a holiday on Sat 03 Jan 2015 for the Prophet's Birthday. Announced 14 Nov 2014.

2014 public holidays in the UAE

  • National Day holidays for Public Sector announced (WAM 08 Nov 2014) as 02-04 Dec 2014, resulting in an extended break from Tue 02 Dec Dec to Sat 06 Dec 2014 with weekend included. Private sector holiday announced (WAM 13 Nov 2014) as one day only on Tue 02 Dec 2014.
  • Hijri Islamic New Year date is Sat 25 Oct 2014. One day holiday declared for private sector, no holiday for public sector (but public sector weekend is Fri-Sat so Sat is an off day anyway).
  • Ramadan starts on 29 Jun 2014.
  • Israa wal Miraj date is Mon 26 May 2014, but UAE holiday announced as Sun 25 May 2014 to make a long weekend for the public sector, and for private sector workers with a 2 day weekend (WAM 13 May 2014).
  • Prophet's Birthday and public sector holiday confirmed as Sun 12 Jan 2014 (different from predicted date of 13 Jan 2014). Holiday for private sector on Sat 11 Jan or Sun 12 Jan to be added to normal weekend (Sat if Fri, Sun if Fri and Sat weekend). Announced 05 Jan 2014 (WAM).

2013 public holidays in the UAE

  • Hijri Islamic New Year date is Tue 05 Nov 2013, however public holidays have been announced as follows (WAM, 27 Oct 2013):
    • Sat 02 Nov 2013 for private sector workers.
    • Sun 03 Nov 2013 for public sector employees, and schools and other educational institutes.
    • Tue 05 Nov 2013 will be work as normal.

Archive dates table

Month Holiday 2012 date 2013 date 2014 date   Days Notes
            Private Public  
                 
Jan New Years Day   01 Jan 2013 01 Jan 2014   1 1  
  Prophet's birthday   24 Jan 2013 12 Jan 2014   1 1  
Feb                
Mar                
Apr                
May Isra Wal Miraj     26 May 2014   1 1  
Jun Isra Wal Miraj   06 Jun 2013          
  *Ramadan 2014     29 Jun start        
Jul Eid Al Fitr     28 Jul 2014   2 3  
Aug Eid Al Fitr   08 Aug 2013          
Sep Arafat Day         1 1  
  Eid Al Adha         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   1 1  
Nov Hijri New Year   05 Nov 2013     1 1  
Dec National Day UAE   02 Dec 2013 02 Dec 2014   1 2-3  
  Prophet's birthday         1 1  
                 
                 

Categories

  • Parent category - UAE, Dubai.
  • Child pages - holidays - Eid Al Adha, Eid Al Fitr, Ramadan.
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