As we approach the year’s end, the prospect of a getaway or quality time with loved ones is on the horizon.

Delve into the upcoming UAE public holiday schedule for 2023, reflecting on the year’s past breaks that ranged from New Year’s Day on January 1 to the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr in April. The festive pause continued with Eid Al-Adha in June and a breather on Islamic New Year in July. Notably, we marked Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi (Prophet Muhammad’s [PBUH] birthday) on September 29.

But hold on, the holiday spirit isn’t over yet! Brace yourself for the final long weekend of the year, commencing with Commemoration Day (formerly known as Martyrs’ Day) on December 1, a Friday in 2023. Following right after, the UAE National Day celebrations unfold on December 2 and 3, conveniently extending the weekend to a delightful three days. Keep an eye out for the official announcements as the UAE gears up for the festivities during this time.


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As we peer into the calendar of 2024, the first public holiday on January 1 promises a refreshing start to the New Year. With Monday hosting the celebration, it unfolds into yet another delightful three-day weekend.

Excitingly, rumors circulate about a potential nine-day break for Eid-Al-Fitr later in the year, adding an extra layer of anticipation for 2024. While awaiting official confirmation, stay tuned to stay informed with updates typically released a week or so before the holidays.

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