A public holiday has been confirmed for government and private workers for later this month…

It’s been dubbed the year of the long weekend, and 2017 is off to a great start with news of an upcoming public holiday.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has declared that Isra’a Wal Miraj will be commemorated on Sunday April 23 for public sector workers.

That means government employees who normally get Friday and Saturday off will get a three-day weekend, returning to the office on Monday April 24.

For the private sector, the official holiday marking Isra’a Wal Miraj will be on Saturday April 22 for companies that only have Fridays off, Gulf Business reports.

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For private companies that have Friday and Saturday weekends, workers will get Sunday April 23 as a public holiday.

The public holiday was initially predicated to fall on Monday 24, meaning we’d have had one day in, one day off, and then three days back at work.

However, as per the federal law, public holidays in the UAE can be moved to the beginning or end of the week if they fall between two working days.

Isra’a Wal Miraj marks the night that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and then ascended to heaven.

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It’s also the first public holiday for the UAE since New Year’s Day on January 1.

Need some ideas for how to spend it? Then check out our list of 2017’s hottest travel destinations here…

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