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Public Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2016

United Arab Emirates Upcoming Holidays in United Arab Emirates

Hijri New Years Day
Awal Muharram

2 October 2016 This National holiday is in 7 days. Marks Islamic New Year and the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina in 622AD.

Martyrs' Day
Martyrs' Day

30 November 2016 This National holiday is in 66 days. Celebrates the honour and loyalty of those who have sacrificed their lives for the UAE

UAE National Day
UAE National Day

2 December 2016 This National holiday is in 68 days. Commemorates formal nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties on 2 Decembe...

United Arab Emirates List of national public holidays of United Arab Emirates in 2016

Day Date Holiday Comments
Friday January 01 Jan 1 New Years Day
Thursday May 05 May 5 Israa & Miaraj Night
Sunday July 03 Jul 3 Eid Al Fitr Holiday Public sector only
Monday July 04 Jul 4 Eid Al Fitr Holiday Public sector only
Tuesday July 05 Jul 5 Eid Al Fitr Holiday Public sector only
Wednesday July 06 Jul 6 Eid Al Fitr The end of Ramadan
Thursday July 07 Jul 7 Eid Al Fitr Holiday
Sunday September 11 Sep 11 Arafat (Haj) Day Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj
Monday September 12 Sep 12 Eid Al Adha Date varies on Lunar cycle
Tuesday September 13 Sep 13 Eid Al Adha Holiday Date varies on Lunar cycle
Wednesday September 14 Sep 14 Eid al-Adha Holiday Public sector only
Thursday September 15 Sep 15 Eid al-Adha Holiday Public sector only
Sunday October 02 Oct 2 Hijri New Years Day Islamic New Year
Wednesday November 30 Nov 30 Martyrs' Day
Friday December 02 Dec 2 UAE National Day
Saturday December 03 Dec 3 UAE National Day Holiday
Sunday December 11 Dec 11 Prophet Mohammed's Birthday

Key

National Holiday Government/Public Sector

Notes

  • Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sightings and may differ from the date given
  • in UAE, the weekend is Friday and Saturday
  • A public holiday can be moved to the beginning or to the end of a week if it falls between two working days
  • Public sector workers receive more public holidays than the private sector

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