Public Holidays in the UAE for 2019-2020
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Public Holidays in the UAE for 2019-2020

2019-2020 holidays: While there are still few public holidays remaining in 2019, here's a list of every holiday UAE residents will avail in the coming year

As we near end of 2019 and look forward to the next year, there are still three public holidays left this year. Starting next year, the first holiday UAE residents will have will be January 1st, the first day of the year. UAE residents will also see multiple Islamic holidays, including Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha. Other than Both the Eids, there will be holidays for Arafat Day, Islamic New Year and National Public Holidays.

However, the holidays left for 2019, include, Commemoration Day which will fall on November 30. Other than Commemoration Day, UAE National Day will be celebrated on December 2 and 3.

HOLIDAYS

DATES

NUMBER OF DAYS

Prophet’s Birthday

November 10*

1

Martyr’s Day

November 30

1

UAE National Day

December 2-December 3

2

As for next year, the first holiday will fall on January 1 for New Years.  The UAE residents will be likely to enjoy a long weekend with a three-day break for Eid ul Fitr, expected to fall (as per moon sightings) on May 23 (Saturday) or 24 (Sunday). Soon after Eid ul Fitr, there will be another four-day break on Arafat Day and Eid ul Adha, which will likely fall on 9-12 of Dhu Al-Hijjah. In the Gregorian calendar, Arafat Day and the second Eid are expected to fall between July 29 (Wednesday) and August 2 (Sunday).

HOLIDAYS

DATES

NUMBER OF HOLIDAYS

New Year’s Day

January 1st

1

Eid ul Fitr

May 23-May 24*

4-5

Arafat Day

July 29-July 30*

1

Eid ul Adha

July 30-July 31*

3

New Islamic Year

August 19-August 20*

1

Prophet’s Birthday

October 28-October 29*

1

Martyr’s Day

November 30

1

UAE National Day

December 2-December 3

2

* = Subject to Moon sighting. 

The New Hijri Year comes next. It falls on Muharram 1, most likely to fall on August 19 (Wednesday) or 20 (Thursday), subjected to moon sighting as well. Next is a one-day holiday marking the Prophet’s Mohammad birthday, which will fall on 12 of the Hijri month of Rabi Al Awwal, corresponding to either October 28 (Wednesday) or 29 (Thursday).

Eid ul fitr, Arafat Day, Eid ul Adha and Prophet’s Mohammad birthday holidays may be slightly different and marked earlier or later than the above-mentioned Gregorian dates. Towards the end of 2020, residents will enjoy a three-day holiday with the Commemoration Day, which is observed on December 1 and the National Day which will be marked on December 2 (Wednesday) and 3 (Thursday).

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