3-day weekend: UAE announces paid New Year holiday for private sector employees

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Published: Thu 21 Dec 2023, 12:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 30 Dec 2023, 4:24 PM

Monday, January 1, 2024 will be a public holiday for all private sector employees, the Ministry of Human Resources announced on Thursday.

This means that private sector employees in the UAE will have a long weekend to celebrate the new year.

In a tweet, the authority said, "The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announces that Monday, 1 January 2024, will be New Year’s Day paid holiday for all private sector employees in UAE."

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Earlier today, the New Year holiday for federal government employees was announced in an advisory posted on Instagram. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources declared January 1, Monday, as a holiday.

UAE residents can expect at least 13 public holidays in 2024, according to a list announced by the country’s Cabinet last month. Four of the seven official occasions could translate into extended weekends, with the longest being a six-day break.


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