New Year 2023: UAE announces official paid holiday for private sector

It is in accordance with the Cabinet decision on approved official holidays for government and private sectors

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Published: Tue 20 Dec 2022, 12:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 20 Dec 2022, 3:21 PM

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced that Sunday, January 1, 2023, will be an official paid holiday in the UAE for all private sector employees.

The holiday is in accordance with the UAE Cabinet decision on approved official holidays for government and private sectors.


UAE residents are in for multiple long breaks next year, including a six-day break.

According to a post shared by the government, the following is the full list of holidays for next year:


  • Gregorian New Year: January 1
  • Eid Al Fitr: Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3
  • Arafah Day: Dhul Hijjah 9
  • Eid Al Adha: Dhul Hijjah 10-12
  • Hijri New Year: July 21
  • Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday: September 29
  • UAE National Day: December 2-3

As evident, some of the holidays mentioned in the list are based on the Hijri Islamic calendar. Their corresponding Gregorian dates will depend on moon-sighting.

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