There could be another long weekend this August…
While you may only just be back at work after the long Eid break, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering when the next public holiday in the UAE will be. And we’ve got good news for you – there may be another long weekend this August.
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
The next public holiday will fall on the occasion of Islamic New Year, Hijri. As the date is subject to the sighting of the moon, we won’t know until nearer the time the exact date, but it’s expected to be Saturday, August 31.
While we typically get one day off for this public holiday in the UAE, we won’t know until nearer the time if we’ll be given Sunday September 1 off, or if it will be a regular Friday, Saturday weekend.
After that, we still have a long weekend at the end of the year that will combine Commemoration Day on December 1 and UAE National Day, which will be celebrated on December 2 and 3 this year.
In March 2019 the UAE government 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.
We’ll keep you updated as the moon sighting is announced.