UAE Public Holidays List – 2023

UAE Public Holidays List - 2023
DateDayNo. of DaysHoliday
1 JanuarySunday1New Year’s Day
20 AprilThursday3Eid Al Fitr
27 JuneTuesday1Arafat Day
28 JuneWednesday3Eid Al Adha
23 JulySunday1Islamic New Year
29 SeptemberFriday1The Prophet’s Birthday
1 DecemberFriday1Commemoration Day
2 DecemberSaturday2UAE National Day
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Public holidays in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can vary from year to year based on the Islamic lunar calendar, and some holidays are subject to moon sighting. The UAE observes both Islamic and Gregorian calendar holidays. Some of the major public holidays in the UAE typically include:

  1. Islamic New Year (Hijri New Year): The Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the lunar Islamic calendar. It is a public holiday, and the date varies each year based on the Islamic calendar.
  2. Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi): This holiday celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad and is observed on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-Awwal, according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
  3. UAE National Day: December 2nd marks the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971 when the emirates came together to form a unified nation. This is a significant national holiday celebrated with various events and activities.
  4. Eid al-Fitr: Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and is a time for celebration. The date varies each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
  5. Eid al-Adha: Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is another major Islamic holiday in the UAE. It commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The date varies based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
  6. Commemoration Day: Observed on November 30th, this day honors the UAE’s martyrs who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their country.

Please note that these dates are approximate, and the actual dates for Islamic holidays may vary based on moon sighting. Additionally, the UAE may observe some Gregorian calendar holidays, and the government may declare additional public holidays or change the dates of existing ones in any given year. It’s advisable to check with official sources or the UAE government for the most up-to-date holiday information for a specific year.

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