UAE confirms public holiday long weekend for Islamic New Year

Published: 13 August 2020 - 10:15 a.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff

A public holiday for Islamic New Year has been announced in the UAE.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources made the announcement on Twitter: "It has been decided that the Hijri New Year holiday for the year 1442 in the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates will be on Sunday, 23rd of August 2020, and regular working hours will resume on Monday, 24th of August 2020."

It means staff in the public sector will enjoy a holiday on Sunday August 23 and will return to work on Monday August 24, making it a three-day weekend.

Back in 2019, authorities said that public and private sectors would get the same holidays - so although it wasn't announced in the tweet above, that would mean the private sector will also enjoy a day's holiday on August 23.

The next public holiday in the UAE after Islamic New Year is Prophet Muhammed's (PBUH) Birthday that will be celebrated with a public holiday on Thursday October 29, giving residents and citizens another long weekend.

Commemoration Day will once again be celebrated on December 1 in 2020, which falls on a Tuesday.

The UAE’s 49th National Day will then be recognised on December 2 and 3, so with the Commemoration Day holiday, those who work will enjoy three days of holidays and some will enjoy a five-day weekend.

Here are all the dates for 2020:
• Islamic New Year – Sunday August 23
• Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) Birthday – Thursday October 29
• Commemoration Day – Tuesday December 1
• UAE National Day – Wednesday December 2 and Thursday December 3

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