POV: You’re back from a six-day-long holiday to the office and the reality of a mundane week has just sunk in.

Last week, residents of the UAE celebrated a long weekend owing to the festivities of Eid Al-Adha. Some travelled while others stayed in, regardless, it was the perfect summer pause.

Coming back to work today also means getting back to the old routine, which after a relaxing break is slightly harder. But fret not, as you reminisce in gloom about the holidays that just passed, we’re about to replace it with excitement for the ones that are coming up.

While the majority of big breaks for 2023 are over, there are still a few prominent holidays remaining on the calendar for this year – take a look


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July 21 to July 23

The Hijri New Year falls in the month of July, opening the opportunity for another weekend. As per Ibrahim Al Jarwan, president of the Emirates Astronomy Society (ESA), the new Hijri year (Muharram 1) is supposed to be on Wednesday, July 19. Although, according to the official list of holidays unveiled by the UAE government, the same holiday will be celebrated on Friday, July 21, making it a three-day long weekend.

September 29 to October 1

According to the official list of UAE holidays, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) will be celebrated on September 29th this year, giving the residents another opportunity to enjoy a long relaxing weekend.

December 1 to December 3

The first week of December marks two important days in UAE. On December 1, the nation observes Commemoration Day (previously known as Martyrs’ Day) and the following day is celebrated as UAE National Day. This will be the second last long weekend of the year.

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