"The following list shows the public holidays in the UAE for the year 2017. The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon," the announcement reads.
All federal ministries, public departments and institutions will be closed on the following holidays:
Public holidays in 2017 Occasion Gregorian Year 2017 Hijri Year 1438 Holiday Duration New Year January 1 1 Israa wal Miraj Night* April 23 26 Rajab 1 Ramadan expected to begin* May 27 1 Ramadan - Eid Al Fitr* June 25 1 Shawwal 3 Haj season* August 23 1 Dhu Al-Hijjah - Arafat Day* August 31 9 Dhu Al-Hijjah 1 Eid Al Adha* September 1 10 Dhu Al-Hijjah 3 Hijri New Year's Day* September 22 1 Muharram 1439 1 Commemoration Day November 30 1 Prophet Mohammed's Birthday* November 30 12 Rabi' Al-Awwal 1 UAE National Day December 2/3 2
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