Abu Dhabi, 29 December 2017
The United Arab Emirates government has announced the public holidays for 2018.
A statement issued on the government portal, stated:
"The following list shows the public holidays in the UAE for the year 2018. The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar.
It is based on the phases of the moon. Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has given orders that the November 30 every year will be observed as 'Martyr's Day' and a public holiday in memory of and in tribute to the sacrifices offered by the nation's martyrs and its loyal people."
"The below dates are tentative dates* only - subject to moon sighting - and should not be considered as an official announcement; public holidays are announced, by official authorities, once confirmed," the statement added.
Note that the United Arab Emirates observes Friday and Saturday as weekends, so several of the announced holidays may be changed to reflect them falling on a weekend.
As we approach the holidays we expect the usual confirmation of holidays for the public and private sectors.
|Monday||01 January 2018||New Year's Day|
|Saturday||14 April 2018||Israa & Miaraj Night|
|Thursday||14 June 2018||Eid Al Fitr|
|Friday||15 June 2018||Eid Al Fitr Holiday|
|Saturday||16 June 2018||Eid Al Fitr Holiday|
|Monday||20 August 2018||Arafat (Haj) Day|
|Tuesday||21 August 2018||Eid Al Adha|
|Wednesday||22 August 2018||Eid Al Adha Holiday|
|Thursday||23 August 2018||Eid Al Adha Holiday|
|Tuesday||11 September 2018||Hijri New Years Day|
|Monday||19 November 2018||Prophet Mohammed's Birthday|
|Friday||30 November 2018||Martyrs' Day|
|Sunday||02 December 2018||UAE National Day|
|Monday||03 December 2018||UAE National Day Holiday|