Here’s what we know so far…

Islamic New Year, also known as the Arabic New Year or Hijri New Year is the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. In 2023, Islamic New Year falls on Friday, July 21.

So, similar to January 1 in the Gregorian calendar, you might be wondering…

Do we get a public holiday?

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Well, we will have to wait for official confirmation from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), but last year, it was declared a public holiday. Unfortunately, it fell on a Saturday which is already a weekend for most of us.

Usually, the MOHRE will make the official announcement a week before the day, so we may have to wait a while before solidifying those long weekend plans.

If it is declared a public holiday, this means it will be another long three-day weekend for most of us from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23 with work resuming on Monday, July 24.

Stay tuned to as we will be sharing the news as soon as we get confirmation.

What other public holidays do we have left this year?

In short, yes! After Hijri New Year, we have the possible following long weekends coming up:

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Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi is listed on Friday, September 29, 2023. This would mean another long weekend at the end of September, for those that have a typical Saturday-Sunday weekend.

Commemoration Day and UAE National Day 


Commemoration Day (previously known as Martyrs’ Day), is marked annually on December 1, which is a Friday in 2023.

Immediately after this, UAE celebrates National Day which falls on December 2 and 3, which is a Saturday and Sunday. This means it will be a three-day weekend for the final long weekend of the year.

As mentioned, we will have to wait for confirmation from authorities, so stay tuned to for the official announcements.

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