United Arab Emirates (UAE) Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Ra's as-Sana al-meladiah) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
24 AprMonIsraa & Miaraj Night (The Night Journey) - Ascension of the Prophet. Marks the night that Allah (God) took Mohammad (also known as Mohamed or Muhammed) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven
25 JunSunEid Al Fitr (عيد الفطر) - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
26 JunMonEid Al Fitr Holiday (عيد الفطر) - End of Ramadan
27 JuneTueEid Al Fitr Holiday (عيد الفطر) - End of Ramadan
31 AugThursArafat (Haj) Day (يوم عرفة) - Is a holiest day in Islam that falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijja (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic Calendar
1 SeptFriEid Al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle. Date varies on Lunar cycle
2 SeptSatEid Al-Adha Holiday (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice. Date varies on Lunar cycle
3 SeptSunEid Al-Adha Holiday (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice. Date varies on Lunar cycle
22 SeptFriHijri New Year (رأس السنة الهجرية) - Islamic New Year. The first day of the year based on the lunar Islamic calendar
30 NovThursBirthday of Prophet Muhammad (المولد النبوي) - Commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birthday, celebrated in most parts of the Muslim world
30 NovThursMartyrs' Day (Commemoration Day) - Recognising the sacrifices and dedication of Emirati martyrs who have given their life in the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service
2 DecSatUAE National Day - Commemorates the United Arab Emirate's formal nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties as a result the expiration of a British. Two day holiday.
3 DecSunUAE National Day Holiday (Public sector only)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day
12 JanSunAl-Mawlid Al-Nabawi Holiday - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
25 MaySunIsraa & Miaraj Night - Ascension of the Prophet
29 JunSunBeginning of Ramadan
27 JulSunEid Al Fitr Holiday - Public sector only
28 JulMonEid Al Fitr
29 JulTueEid Al Fitr Holiday
30 JulWedEid Al Fitr Holiday - Public sector only
31 JulThursEid Al Fitr Holiday - Public sector only
3 OctFriArafat (Haj) Day - Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj
4 SeptSatEid Al Adha
5 SeptSunEid Al Adha Holiday
6 SeptMonEid Al Adha Holiday
25 OctSatHijri New Years Day - Islamic New Year
2 DecTueUAE National Day
3 DecWedUAE National Day Holiday - Public sector only
4 DecThursUAE National Day Holiday - Public sector only

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
3 JanSatBirthday of Prophet Muhammad
16 MaySatIsraa & Miaraj Night - Ascension of the Prophet
18 JunThursRamadan - Expected Start of Ramadan
17 JulFriEid Al Fitr
18 JulSatEid Al Fitr Holiday
19 JulSunEid Al Fitr Holiday
22 SeptTueArafat (Haj) Day - Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj
23 SeptWedEid Al Adha - Date varies on Lunar cycle
24 SeptThursEid Al Adha Holiday - Date varies on Lunar cycle
25 SeptFriEid Al Adha Holiday - Public sector only
15 OctThursHijri New Years Day - Islamic New Year
2 DecWedUAE National Day
3 DecThursUAE National Day Holiday - Public sector only
24 DecThursBirthday of Prophet Muhammad - Probable Holiday. Second time in 2015 due to Lunar cycles

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
5 MayThursIsraa & Miaraj Night - Ascension of the Prophet
6 JulWedEid Al Fitr
7 JulThursEid Al Fitr
8 JulFriEid Al Fitr
10 SeptSatArafat (Haj) Day - Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj
11 SeptSunEid Al Adha - Date varies on Lunar cycle
12 SeptMonEid Al Adha Holiday - Date varies on Lunar cycle
13 SeptTueEid Al Adha Holiday - Public sector only
2 OctSunHijri New Years Day - Islamic New Year
2 DecFriUAE National Day
3 DecSatUAE National Day Holiday - Public sector only
12 DecMonBirthday of Prophet Muhammad - Probable Holiday. Second time in 2015 due to Lunar cycles

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
13 AprFriIsraa & Miaraj Night (Ascension of the Prophet)
14 JunThursEid Al Fitr (Probable Holiday)
15 JunFriEid Al Fitr Holiday (The end of Ramadan)
21 AugTueArafat (Haj) Day (Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj)
22 AugWedEid Al Adha (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
23 AugThursEid Al Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
26 AugSunEid Al Adha Holiday (Probable holiday)
11 SeptTueHijri New Years Day (Islamic New Year)
20 NovTueBirthday of Prophet Muhammad
30 NovFriMartyrs' Day
2 DecSunUAE National Day
3 DecMonUAE National Day Holiday (Public sector only)

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