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United Arab Emirates public holidays for 2018 announced

The Abu Dhabi government has announced the public holidays for 2018 in the United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Holidays in 2018

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.

Public holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2018

Weekday Date Name
Monday 01 January 2018 New Year's Day
Saturday 14 April 2018 Israa & Miaraj Night
Thursday 14 June 2018 Eid Al Fitr Holiday
Friday 15 June 2018 Eid Al Fitr
Saturday 16 June 2018 Eid Al Fitr Holiday
Sunday 17 June 2018 Eid Al Fitr Holiday
Sunday 19 August 2018 Eid Al Adha 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


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