Government employees will enjoy five days off work.

The UAE has announced a week-long holiday for the public sector to celebrate Eid Al Adha.

Government employees will be off from Sunday, August 19 to Thursday, August 23. This means it’s essentially a nine-day holiday, if you count the weekends before and after Eid.

Work will resume on Sunday, August 26.

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We’re still waiting on the holiday announcement for the private sector, however, it’s likely private sector workers will enjoy Tuesday, August 21 to Thursday, August 23 off.

Here are the rest of the holidays to look forward to this year…


Hijri, or Islamic New Year, is set to be observed on Wednesday, September 12, giving us a mid-week day off.

Milad Un Nabi

Milad Un Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), will likely be observed on Wednesday, November 21.

Commemoration Day & National Day

Commemoration Day falls on Friday, November 30, while National Day falls on Sunday, December 2. The holidays may be combined, so it’s likely we’ll just get the Sunday off. But this still means a three-day weekend!

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