Because however many days we get off, it’s never enough.

The end of 2017 is upon us, and it’s slightly terrifying. The year has disappeared without any notice, and somehow we’re looking down the barrel of 2018.

In order to stave off this anxiety about the unstoppable passage of time, let’s look at the public holidays we have to look forward to next year. Call it positive thinking.

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Of course, most of these dates aren’t exact or confirmed, but we’ll update them as we know. If you’re looking to map out your ideal holidays for next year, though, you’ve come to the right place. Keep watching that moon.

Monday January 1 – New Year’s Day


With New Year’s Day falling on a Monday for 2018, we probably won’t be getting a three-day weekend. A weekend, working one day, and then having a day off is almost as good, though.

Friday April 13 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj

This holiday marks the night that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and then ascended to heaven. If it does fall on a Friday, as it looks likely to, we might not get a day out of the office—or it could be moved to the Thursday or Sunday before. But that all depends on the moon.

Wednesday May 16 (dependent on moon sighting) – Ramadan is expected to begin

Not a holiday as such, but in the UAE private sector workers are entitled to work two hours less per day during Ramadan. Your pay won’t be cut.

Thursday June 14 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Fitr

The end of Ramadan typically means two days off work, but where those will fall is yet to be determined. Fingers crossed this means a four-day weekend with the Sunday off too.

Monday August 20 (dependent on moon sighting) – Arafat Day

This holiday marks the second day of the yearly pilgrimage to Haj. It will likely mean a day off work.

Tuesday August 21 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Adha

Honouring Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, this holiday typically means three days off. If this falls as expected, it could add up to five days when you count the weekend.

Tuesday September 11 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Hijri, Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year in 2018 will mark the year 1439.

Tuesday November 20 (dependent on moon sighting) – Milad Un Nabi

Another one that’s at the government’s discretion. This holiday marks the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday and usually means a day off.

Friday November 30 – Commemoration Day

A holiday to honour the Emiratis who died while protecting the UAE. As this is a Friday, any days off aren’t clear yet.

Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day

2018 will see the UAE’s 47th National Day, in celebration of the unification of the seven emirates in 1971. Any days off will be determined closer to the time.

The academic calendar for the year 2017-2018

Sure, the 2017-2018 school year has only just started, but if you’re wanting to book your family holidays now, we have the info.

The below dates are published by the UAE Ministry of Education, reports Gulf News.


December 17 – Term one ends (winter break)


January 2 – Teachers and administrative staff return to work
January 14 – Term 2 begins for all students
March 25 – Term 2 ends (spring break)
April 1 – Teachers and all administrative staff return to work
April 8 –  Term 3 begins for all students
July 5 –  Term 3 ends (for students)
July 12 – Last day for teachers and administrative staff

Dates for the 2018-2019 school year aren’t yet available.

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