UAE ministry confirms no public holiday for Israa Wal Miraj
Work will continue as normal this week…
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has confirmed that there will be no public holiday in the UAE for Israa Wal Miraj this week.
Confirming the news via Twitter, the ministry extended its greetings on the occasion of Israa Wal Miraj, and reminded people that the full list of public holidays had been specified by the UAE cabinet last month.
In the list of holidays, which has been unified for the public and private sector for the first time, Israa Wal Miraj is no longer a paid holiday.
Previously, the UAE marked Isra Wal Miraj with a public holiday with a day off given to both government and private sectors.
We would like to extend our greetings on the occasion of Al Isra wal Miraj. In regards to the public holidays, they have been specified in the UAE Cabinet’s decree. The unified holidays aim to achieve harmony between the public & the private sectors.#MOHRE #UAE pic.twitter.com/RlMQYDbrZE
— MOHRE_UAE (@MOHRE_UAE) April 1, 2019
“The unified holidays aim to achieve harmony between the public and the private sectors,” the Tweet concluded.
The Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday in November is also no longer listed as a public holiday.
So, when will the next public holiday in the UAE be?
Well, with the April public holiday now no longer a day off, the next public holiday of 2019 will be on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
It’s still dependent on the sighting of the moon, but will be around the start of June.
Eid Al Fitr roughly means ‘breaking of the fast’ and is the two-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan. It’s dependent on the sighting of the moon, and automatically begins after the end of Ramadan. We won’t know until closer to the time the exact date, but it’s likely to be either Monday June 3 or Tuesday June 4. So, we’ve still got a few months to wait for our next long weekend.
Ramadan is expected to begin on May 6 according to a UAE astronomer, but again, this is dependent on the moon so we won’t know until closer to the time.