Because however many days we get off, it’s never enough.

Maybe you’re back at work post-Eid Al Fitr, maybe you’re reading this from a sun lounger. Either way, you’re probably pretty keen to know when you can next expect to set an out-of-office auto-reply.

Let’s look at the public holidays we have to look forward for the rest of the year. Call it positive thinking.

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Of course, most of these dates aren’t exact or confirmed, but we’ll update them as we know. If you’re looking to map out your ideal holidays for the rest of 2018, though, you’ve come to the right place. Keep watching that moon.


Monday August 20 (dependent on moon sighting) – Arafat Day

This holiday marks the second day of the yearly pilgrimage to Haj. It will likely mean a day off work.

Tuesday August 21 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Adha

Honouring Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, this holiday typically means three days off. If this falls as expected, it could add up to five days when you count the weekend.

Tuesday September 11 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Hijri, Islamic New Year

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Tuesday November 20 (dependent on moon sighting) – Milad Un Nabi

Another one that’s at the government’s discretion. This holiday marks the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday and usually means a day off.

Friday November 30 – Commemoration Day

A holiday to honour the Emiratis who died while protecting the UAE. As this is a Friday, any days off aren’t clear yet.

Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day

2018 will see the UAE’s 47th National Day, in celebration of the unification of the seven emirates in 1971. Any days off will be determined closer to the time.

The academic calendar for the year 2017-2018

Sure, the 2017-2018 school year has only just started, but if you’re wanting to book your family holidays now, we have the info.

The below dates are published by the UAE Ministry of Education, reports Gulf News.



July 5 –  Term 3 ends (for students)
July 12 – Last day for teachers and administrative staff

Dates for the 2018-2019 school year aren’t yet available.

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