Now it’s the beginning of November, many have started looking to 2023 perhaps setting goals, making plans and sharing hopes for the next year ahead.

Part of making those plans has to include when everyone will be able to avail some well-deserved time off work.

So, it begs the question: when will the UAE public holidays fall in 2023? Well, we’re here to help…

New Year’s Day

As of 2022, New Year’s Day became an official public holiday in the UAE following the work-week change from Sunday to Thursday to Monday to Friday. This means January 1, 2023, will also be observed as a public holiday.

Eid Al Fitr

The first day of Ramadan is predicted to fall around March 22, 2023, in the Gregorian calendar. 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 around Friday, April 21, 2023, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha

A couple of months after Eid Al Fitr, the UAE will observe another public holiday, Arafat Day which falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah in the Islamic calendar. This corresponds to around June 27, 2023, in the Gregorian calendar.

Eid Al Adha

Just after Arafat Day, Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah until the 13th of Dhul-Hijjah, which will correspond from June 28 to June 30, 2023.

Islamic New Year

A couple of weeks later it’s the Hijri New Year. Falling on Muharram 1, it’s projected to fall around July 19, 2023.

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 September 29, 2023.

Commemoration Day and National Day

To close out 2023, those in the UAE will have another break to look forward to with Commemoration Day, December 1, and National Day, December 2 and December 3.

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.

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