It looks like there will be lots of days off in the second half of the year…

Eid Al Fitr was business as usual for many of us, with the holiday falling on a Friday – and therefore no extra days off work for the private sector (unless your company was feeling particularly generous).

But while it’s been a rather disappointing year for long weekends thus far, things are definitely looking up as we head into the second half of 2018.

Here are the rest of the public holidays we can look forward to in the UAE… and the good news is, the next one isn’t too far away.

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Arafat Day & Eid Al Adha

Arafat Day is likely to be observed on Tuesday, August 21, followed by Eid Al Adha on August 22. Eid Al Adha usually lasts up to three days, so we could end up getting Tuesday through to Thursday off – fingers crossed for a five-day weekend.


Hijri, or Islamic New Year, is set to be observed on Wednesday, September 12, which gives us a mid-week day off.

Milad Un Nabi

Milad Un Nabi, or the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is expected to be observed on Wednesday, November 21, so there’s another mid-week break.

Commemoration Day & National Day

Commemoration Day falls on Friday, November 30, while National Day falls on Sunday, December 2. The holidays may be combined, so it’s likely we’ll just get the Sunday off.

Remember, Islamic holidays are based on the phases of the moon, so exact dates may vary – we’ll keep you updated closer to the time when the official holiday is announced.

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