Holiday dates for the private sector have been announced…

2017 was dubbed the ‘Year of Long Weekends’ just before it kicked off, and now the last one is in our sights.

Holidays for UAE National Day, the Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Commemoration Day are all falling around the same weekend, with both the public and private sectors securing some time out of the office.

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Private sector workers will enjoy a three-day weekend, with Thursday November 30 given off to mark the Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Commemoration Day.

Work for private sector employees will resume on Sunday December 3.

Public sector workers will receive a bumper four-day weekend to celebrate, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation confirmed last week, with government offices closed from Thursday 30 November until Saturday 3 December.

The Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Commemoration Day will both fall on Thursday November 30, while UAE National Day will be celebrated on Saturday December 2.

We’ll leave you with a little more about the occasions themselves, if you’re not familiar with them (while we’re off to Google last-minute mini breaks).

Commemoration Day

A holiday to honour the Emiratis who died while protecting the UAE.

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This day marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is announced by the moon-sighting committee, so may be subject to change. If it does fall on the same date as Commemoration Day, how many days are given off is at the government’s discretion.

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UAE National Day

This day will mark the 46th UAE National Day, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971 – but if you normally have Saturdays off, it’s unlikely you’ll get a long weekend.

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