Both public and private sectors will enjoy a long weekend…

The Dubai Government has just announced that there will be a public holiday coming up at end of August on the occasion of Islamic New Year.

According to an official post by Federal Authority For Government Human Resources – UAE on their official Twitter account, the Hijri New Year holiday for the year 1442 will be on Sunday, August 23.

The news that private sectors will also enjoy a day off was announced in the evening on August 13 by The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Both the public and private sectors will resume regular working hours on Monday, August 24.

The occasion of Islamic New Year is usually a dry night, but we are still awaiting for confirmation – we will let you know as soon as we know.

Here’s a list of public holidays coming up in 2020 post Hijri New Year

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October 29 – Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is falling on Thursday October 29, and also looks like a long three weekend.

December 1 – Commemoration Day

Formerly referred to as Martyr’s Day, this holiday honours the Emiratis who have died while protecting their country. It falls on a Tuesday in 2020, and combined with two days off for UAE National Day (see below), will mean a five-day weekend.

December 2 and 3 – UAE National Day

2020 will mark the UAE’s 49th birthday, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates in 1971. We’ll get two days off on Wednesday December 2 and Thursday December 3, so combined with Commemoration Day, will mean five days off for those that usually have Friday and Saturday as their weekend.

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