UAE residents to enjoy 3 more public holidays, including one long weekend, in 2023

A long break of 9 days can be expected in 2024 on the occasion of Eid Al Adha

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Published: Mon 24 Jul 2023, 11:30 AM

Last updated: Mon 18 Sep 2023, 9:13 AM

Since the Islamic New Year long weekend ended, many UAE residents were wondering when the next break would be. Will we have to wait for the UAE National Day in December?

The next public holiday will actually come a lot earlier than that: It will be on September 29 to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Since the special day is followed by a regular weekend, the holiday naturally stretches until Sunday, giving residents their last long weekend of the year.

In most Islamic countries, including in the Gulf, the Prophet's birthday is observed on 12 Rabi’ Al-Awwal 1445, which is the third month of the Islamic calendar.

Post the long weekend, the remaining two holidays of the year will be on December 2 and 3, marking the UAE's National Day. Even though this event falls on a Saturday and Sunday, which is an official weekend for most residents, those in the UAE can still look forward to availing of all the special events and discounts that mark this holiday.

Those looking to plan a long trip next year, can expect a 9-day break for Eid Al Fitr in the first half of 2024. Eid is predicted to be on April 10, 2024, based on astronomical calculations, although this is subject to change depending on the moon sighting and official announcements.


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