Sure, it’s an obvious one… but it’s still exciting news!

The end of the year is upon us, and not only is it a time for reflection, but also preparation – for all the sweet holidays we’ll be taking in 2018.

Better get planning, because the first public holiday for 2018 has just been officially announced. Government employees will enjoy a four-day New Year’s holiday, with all offices to be closed on Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1.

While the private sector holiday is yet to be announced, it’s likely we’ll just get the Monday off for New Year’s Day. A cheeky mid-week day off? No one’s mad about that.

Here are the rest of the holidays we can look forward to in 2018…

Friday April 13 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj

This holiday marks the night that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascended to heaven. The day off could be moved to the Thursday or Sunday.

Thursday June 14 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Fitr

The end of Ramadan typically means two days off work.

Monday August 20 (dependent on moon sighting) – Arafat Day

This holiday marks the second day of the yearly pilgrimage to Haj, and will likely mean a day off.

Tuesday August 21 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Adha

Honouring Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, we typically get three days off for this holiday.

Tuesday September 11 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Hijri, Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year in 2018 will mark the year 1439.

Tuesday November 20 (dependent on moon sighting) – Milad Un Nabi

This holiday marks Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday and usually means a day off.

Friday November 30 – Commemoration Day

Formerly referred to as Martyr’s Day, this holiday honours the Emiratis who have died while protecting their country.

Sunday December 2 – UAE National Day

2018 will mark the UAE’s 47th birthday, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates in 1971.

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