UAE holidays: Will residents get paid leave for Israa Wal Miraj?

Oman and Kuwait have announced time off for public, private sector employees

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Published: Fri 17 Feb 2023, 4:03 PM

Last updated: Fri 17 Feb 2023, 10:11 PM

The Islamic calendar occasion of Israa Wal Miraj, which is celebrated on the 27th night of Rajab 1444, falls on February 18 this year. It is the night that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) journeyed from Masjid Al Haram in Makkah to its destination the Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem.

Oman and Kuwait have announced that Sunday, February 19, 2023 will be a holiday for both public sector and private sector employees, according to the countries' news agencies.


However, the UAE will not mark the occasion with a holiday.

It was announced back in 2019 that there would no longer be public holidays for Israa Wal Miraj for UAE residents. Instead, the Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr holidays were made longer.


According to the official holiday calendar, which the UAE Cabinet has approved, Eid Al Fitr dates are from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. According to astronomical calculations, this would be from Thursday, April 20, till Sunday, April 23. Actual dates are subject to moonsighting.

The Eid Al Adha holiday (Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha) will be from Tuesday, June 27, to Friday, June 30.

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