While here in the UAE we were just treated to a five-day weekend, we couldn’t help but wonder what the dates of the public holidays will be next year.
So you can start planning your getaways next year, here’s a round-up of when you can expect the public holidays in the UAE to fall in 2021.
As always, the final and official dates and public holiday eligibility for public sector employees and private sector employees are always determined by UAE authorities.
New Year’s Day
Usually, a day off for January 1 to mark the New Year in the Gregorian calendar is given, but this year New Year’s Day falls on a Friday which is over the normal weekend.
Eid Al Fitr
Eid Al Fitr falls on the last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to Shawwal 3. It’s been predicted that Eid al Fitr could fall on May 13, a Thursday, which would mean a potential three-day weekend.
Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha
A couple of months after Eid Al Fitr, there could be another long weekend on the cards for UAE residents. Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha will fall on 9-12 of Dhu Al-Hijjah, which is expected to be between Tuesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 22. While this hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, if these dates are confirmed a six-day break could be on the cards.
Islamic New Year
A couple of weeks later it’s the Hijri New Year. Falling on Muharram 1, it’s projected to fall around August 9 or August 10.
The Prophet’s Birthday
The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday will fall on the 12 of the Hijri month of Rabi Al Awwal, which is projected to be around October 18.
Commemoration Day and National Day
To close out 2021, those in the UAE will have another three-day break to look forward to with Commemoration Day,, December 1, and National Day, December 2, with a day off also on, December 3.
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