It’s not as soon as you might have thought…
Earlier this month, the UAE government confirmed that the public and private sectors would receive the same amount of public holidays for the first time ever.
During the announcement, the UAE government also outlined the full list of public holidays for 2019 and 2020 – with two previously recognised public holidays absent.
According to the new list, Israa Wa Miraaj, which normally falls in April, and Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday, celebrated towards the start of November, were not listed.
The UAE Cabinet approves public holidays for the public sector for the years 2019-2020, and grants the private sector equal holidays. The decision aims at achieving a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy. #UAEGov pic.twitter.com/VqQqU8IBFx
— UAEGov (@uaegov) March 5, 2019
So, with the April public holiday now unlikely to be a day off, when will the next public holiday be in the UAE?
Well, it’s still dependent on the moon, but the next public holiday of 2019 will be on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
Eid Al Fitr roughly means ‘breaking of the fast’ and is the two-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan. It’s dependent on the sighting of the moon, and automatically begins after the end of Ramadan. We won’t know until closer to the time the exact date, but it’s likely to be either Monday June 3 or Tuesday June 4. So, we’ve still got a few months to wait for our next long weekend.
Ramadan is expected to begin on May 6 according to a UAE astronomer, but again, this is dependent on the moon so we won’t know until closer to the time.