If you’re thinking of planning a short escape, next week might be the perfect opportunity to do so.

The UAE government has announced the date for the Islamic New Year holiday for federal employees. Friday, July 21, will be a holiday for those who work in the federal government, on the occasion of the Hijri New Year.

The Ministry announced today that the holiday marks the start of the Islamic year 1445, will result in a day off for public sector workers.

Per, The Emirates Astronomy Society (ESA), the new Hijri year (Muharram 1) is likely to be on Wednesday, July 19.

However, the dates can be changed based on when the crescent moon is spotted.

When is the next long weekend?

The next public holiday after New Year is just over two months away as Prophet Mohammed’s birthday falls on Friday, September 29, which also gives people a long weekend.

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