No alcohol will be served from 6pm on Tuesday April 2 to 7pm on Wednesday April 3…

Heads up, Dubai authorities have confirmed there’s going to be a dry night in Dubai this week.

A circular issued to hotels and restaurants across the city, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) advised that licensed venues must refrain from serving alcohol as of 6pm on Tuesday April 2 until 7pm on Wednesday April 3.

But does this mean a public holiday? It doesn’t look likely.

Until this year, on the occasion of Isra and Mi’raj, observed on the 27th day of Rajab, UAE residents were typically given a day off. This holiday marks the night that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascended to heaven.

However, earlier this year the UAE government confirmed that the public and private sectors would receive the same amount of public holidays for the first time ever.

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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.

On 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 as public holidays.

So, it looks like it will be work as normal.

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