A public holiday has been announced for Islamic New Year

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Public and private sector workers will get one day off…

The Dubai Government has announced that there will be a public holiday for the private and public sector on the occasion of Islamic New Year.

Whilst the official date is still dependent on the sighting of the moon, it’s expected to fall on Sunday September 1 – meaning that we’ll get a long weekend from Friday August 30, with work resuming as normal on Monday September 2.

The confirmation came today, Monday August 19, on the official Twitter account of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) that the holiday would fall on the first day of Muharram, according to the Islamic Calendar.

 

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A dry night has already been confirmed in Dubai on the occasion of Islamic New Year, so no alcoholic beverages will be served across Dubai from 6.30pm on Saturday August 31, until 7.30pm on Sunday September 1.

Back in March, the UAE government unified the public and private sector holidays, meaning both sectors will get equal days off going forward.

After Islamic New Year, other public holidays we can look forward to include a long weekend at the end of the year, which combines Commemoration Day on December 1 and UAE National Day, which will be celebrated on December 2 and 3 this year.

Time to start planning…

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