You might want to tentatively mark these dates in your diary…

It’s only February, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll already be dreaming about when the next long weekend is coming up.

And while trying to plan holidays in the UAE can sometimes feel like gazing into a crystal ball, we now have some clarity around the exact number of days we should be enjoying off this year, thanks to the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The ministry recently held a live chat on Facebook with Mohammed Mubarak, the director of labour relations, who answered the question on everybody’s lips – what’s the deal with paid holidays?

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Basically, every private sector worker in the UAE is entitled to 10 paid days off a year, according to the official list of public and private sector holidays.

Here are the holidays, and what dates they are expected to fall on this year – though be warned, they are subject to change based on moon sightings.


New Year’s Day – January 1

Isra and Miraj Day – April 24

Eid Al Fitr (two days off)  – June 25

Eid Al Adha (three days off) – September 1

Hijri New Year’s Day – September 21

Birth of the Prophet and Martyrs’ Day – November 30

UAE National Day – December 2

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