It’s likely to be an extra long weekend when it’s announced…
In March 2019 the UAE government confirmed that the public and private sectors would receive the same amount of public holidays for the first time ever.
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.
According to the new list, Israa Wa Miraaj, which previously fell in April, and Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday, celebrated towards the start of November, were not listed.
The UAE Cabinet approves public holidays for the public sector for the years 2019-2020, and grants the private sector equal holidays. The decision aims at achieving a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy. #UAEGov pic.twitter.com/VqQqU8IBFx
— UAEGov (@uaegov) March 5, 2019
So, when will the next public holiday in the UAE be? Well, it will be on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr. So, we’ve still got a few weeks to wait for our next long weekend.
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. Whichever day it falls on, we should get either a four, or maybe even five, day weekend when the public holiday is announced.
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.