What’s On has details of public holidays in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE, including start of Ramadan, Eid and Isra’a Wal Mi’raj.

Bars, clubs and restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi the rest of the UAE will observe the religious holiday of Isra’a Wal Mi’raj from sunset on Friday May 15.

This means no music will be played at outlets across the Emirates for 24 hours. No alcohol will be served, either, until around 7pm on Saturday May 16. According to The National, any outlets found not to be following the guidelines could be fined Dhs50,000.

The timings of the day mean the popular Friday brunches, which traditionally run between midday and 4pm, will not be affected.

The celebration of Isra’a Wal Mi’raj night is considered one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar, marking the occasion when five daily prayers were commanded for all Muslims by God during the Prophet’s (PBUH) ascent to heaven.

Saturday will also be a holiday for those working in the private sector, though public sector workers will not be compensated.

Other dates to be wary of through the year include the start of Ramadan on or around June 18, Eid Al Fitr on or around July 17 (this public holiday will last for three days), Hajj season on or around September 14, Arafat Day on or around September 22, Eid Al Adha on or around September 23 (this public holiday will last for three days), and Hijri New Year’s Day on or around October 15. The exact dates are officially determined by the sightings of the moon.

National Day will, as always, be celebrated on December 2 and 3.