It’s to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

A UAE private sector holiday has just been announced for this November, to honour the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). UAE officials have declared Sunday November 18 a private sector holiday, with work resuming on Monday November 19.

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The announcement follows the news that the public sector will get the same date off.  The holiday had been expected to take place on Tuesday November 20, but an announcement was made by UAE officials, changing the public sector holiday date.

The holiday is usually celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal (the third month in the Islamic calendar), and is also sometimes referred to as Eid Al Mawlid.

A second long weekend is expected at the end of November too, when the country will celebrate Commemoration Day and National Day.

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