Looking for the next long weekend?

Earlier this March, the UAE government announced the official dates for national holidays for the year 2019-2020. Now, they have amended the list, changing one of the holiday dates.

The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) took to Twitter to share the updated holiday list. According to the tweet, Commemoration Day has been moved from Sunday, December 1 to Saturday, November 30. Commemoration Day, which was previously known as Martyr’s Day, honours the armed forces members who have been killed in combat.

In previous years, Commemoration Day fell on November 30. However, in March, it was announced that it will fall on the first of December. Now, it has been moved back to November 30 – which is a Saturday this year. This means that the five day weekend which we were hoping to get will now be unlikely.

After this update, the private and public sector will return to work on Sunday December 1, and then enjoy two days off on Monday December 2 and Tuesday December 3, celebrating UAE’s 48th National Day.

Not only that, but FAHR has also added a new holiday, which was not part of the previous list. Residents will now mark Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday on their list of public holidays. However, it will be observed on the 12-Rabi al-awwal-1441, which is expected to fall on Saturday, November 9. So, you will only enjoy a day off if you tend to work Saturdays.

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