Eid holidays went far too quickly, and for many of us back on the weekly work grind, we’re fast looking for the next public holiday.

Well, you’re in luck – because beginning Friday September 30 (yes, this Friday), UAE citizens and residents will be getting a public holiday to mark the Islamic New Year.

The government has just confirmed that both the public and private sectors will get a national holiday on Sunday October 2, meaning the work week won’t start up again until Monday October 3.

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The Islamic calendar is based on the phases of the moon, with the beginning of each month marking a new lunar cycle.

The new year is heralded on the first day of the Islamic month Muharram, which coincides with the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) journey from Mecca to Madinah known as the Hijra.

On October 3, the new year of 1438AH (After Hijra) will commence.

This means that as opposed to the international 365-day calendar, the Islamic calendar is 11 days shorter, usually lasting 354 or 355 days.

The new year is marked with religious activities and a time of reflection for Muslims.

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