It’s a long weekend for everyone!

The UAE government has announced the private sector will enjoy next Thursday off to celebrate Islamic New Year, or Hijri.

Government employees will also enjoy a holiday on Thursday, September 13, making it a long weekend for everyone with a Friday/Saturday weekend.

The actual date of Hijri is still to be confirmed, as it is dependent on the sighting of the moon. However, it is expected to fall between Monday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 12.

A dry day is also expected on the official day of the holiday, which celebrates Prophet Mohammed’s journey from Makkah to Madinah. This will mean no alcohol can be served for 24 hours across the UAE, and applies to all outlets, including hotels. We’ll let you know as soon as we have those details.

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