Complete List of Holidays in UAE

Complete List of Holidays in UAE


Your Ultimate Guide for a complete list of holidays in UAE for 2019

Unlike 2018, 2019 will bring to you a lot of advantages for the long weekends as well as short trips. There is a plethora of holidays in this calendar year. Hence, to break the monotony of regular boring work file you can easily plan some weekend trips with your near and dear ones. So enjoy 2019 by planning your holidays according to your convenience and explore the world around you. This blog will walk you through the list of holidays that most of us aspire.

UAE Public Holidays

UAE Public Holidays


Upcoming Holidays in UAE

Ist January- New Year Eve: A new beginning!

New Year’s Day on January 1 is celebrated with the advent of Gregorian Year. The UAE residents celebrate this auspicious occasion by lighting fireworks, doing parades and partying all night. As every year, Burj Khalifa is one of the best firework displayed in the entire world. Since 2019 New Year falls on a weekend, the weekend will not be long unless you planned for an extended weekend.

3rd April-Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj

Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is basically an Islamic holiday, which is observed on the 27th day of Islamic month of Rajab, as mentioned in the Hijri Calendar. This holiday is celebrated with great pomp and joy to celebrate the auspicious night when Allah took Mohammad on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem. Since the journey was performed on a single night, therefore the name.

Since this holiday falls on Wednesday on April 3rd, you will get a public holiday on Thursday(4th April). Hence, there is a chance of getting an extended weekend if there is a confirmation from the Ministry regarding the dates.

4th or 5th June- Eid Al Fitr

Although translated, Eid Al Fitr signifies the occasion of breaking the fast. The holiday is a celebration which signifies the end of Ramadan. Once you get the confirmation, the residents of UAE will get a huge sigh of relief since they will get two days off based on the time of its fall during the week. Eid Al Fitr generally starts on the last day of Ramadan, at the beginning of the Shawwal. In 2019, Ramadan will end on 4th June or 5th June. You will get the confirmation on the basis of the day for moon-shifting.

August 10-Arafat Day

Arafat Day is celebrated as the second day of the annual haj from time inception. It generally occurs on that day just before the onset of Eid Al Adha. At the time of dawn, Muslim Pilgrims begin their journey from Mina to a vicinity hillside called Mount Afarat and also a plain is known as Plain Of Arafat. As per the prediction, Arafat Day will likely to fall on Saturday. But the date may change based on the shift of the moon.

August 11- Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha signifies festival of sacrifice. This holiday is celebrated to rever Ibrahim and his sacrifice for his son Ismail. Ismail is glad to obligate in front of Allah. He ends message to Ibrahim via angel Jibra’il that he has accepted the sacrifice from the core of his heart. On 2019, Eid Al Adha will start on Saturday, 11th August. A three day holiday is celebrated to mark this auspicious event this year. The three day comprises of Arafat Day on Saturday. Therefore, it signifies a long weekend in August where you can easily enjoy long trip.

1st September-Al Hijri- Marks the beginning of Islamic New Year

Al Hijri marks the onset of the Islamic New Year. The date expected to welcome the Islamic New Year on Sunday, September 1st 2019. You can easily take a long weekend if you take off on Saturdays. This date is also liable to change if there is a shift in the moon.

9th November-Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday

The birthday of the Prophet Mohammad is celebrated with great pomp and joy on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. It happens on the 9th of November, on Saturday. This holiday is also known as Milad Al-Nabi. In 2019 this Islamic Date falls on Saturday, November 9th. This date changes with the change in moon shifting.

30th November-Commemoration Day

Commemoration day is nothing but a  public holiday celebrated in the month of 30th November 2019. The day was declared by the President Of UAE in 2015 to commemorate Emiratis who sacrificed his life for the sake of his country. This reverence will come on Saturday 2019.

2nd December-UAE National Day

UAE National Day is celebrated in the month of December. This day is celebrated on 2nd December each year. Although it was known as the Trucial States until 1971 it was not included under the British Empire. Original UAE comprises of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, and many more. 2019 will be celebrated as UAE s 48th birthday. There might be two days of holiday. However, it will fall on Monday that is 2nd December, therefore you can get a long weekend and spend quality.

UAE Public Holidays: We hope this article will give you a brief insight into the holiday list of 2019 in UAE for 2019. Guess, now you have the entire list. Hence, you can plan it accordingly and can take leaves out of your busy schedule. Therefore, no more boredom. Have a lovely year ahead and plan accordingly with this holiday list to make it an entertaining one. In case of any confusion or another opinion, please let us know in the comment box below.

Frequently Asked Questions for UAE Public Holidays

The working week in UAE starts generally from Sunday and continue up to Thursday. Although, there are certain retail shops that remain open for six days a week. The business hours will continue until 13:00 starting from 8:00. Again it resumes when the temperature gets cool that is from 16:00 and will continue till 19:00.

Although Dubai is an Islamic Country, there are certain religious festivals celebrated in Dubai. Christmas is one of them. With the increase in construction and emergence of skyscrapers, Dubai has earned the reputation of a multicultural city and celebrate Christmas with the same vibe.

Although Legislation does not recognize the holiday, it generally comes on 26th December only when it does not falls on Sunday. Statutory Bank Holiday which generally comes in 25th December can be Sunday or Saturday. Therefore, an extra holiday is included when Christmas is celebrated on Sunday.

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