The UAE has confirmed the Islamic New Year holiday for both the public and private sectors.

In a statement issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, it was announced that Hijiri New Year would fall on 1st of Muharram 1444. This will likely correspond in the Gregorian calendar to July 30, 2022, depending on the sighting of the crescent moon.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) announced earlier this year that this Saturday, July 30, would be a paid public holiday for private sector employees to mark Hijiri New Year.

While this means it will still be a normal working week for many, for those who work on Saturdays, it will be a welcome day off.

After Islamic New Year, there are only three public holidays remaining in 2022 – the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Commemoration Day and National Day.

The Prophet’s Birthday

The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday will fall on the 12 of the Hijri month of Rabi Al Awwal, which is predicted to be around October 8, 2022.

Commemoration Day and National Day

To close out 2022, those in the UAE will have another break to look forward to with Commemoration Day, December 1, and National Day, December 2.

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