List of UAE public holidays in 2018

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The projected dates for this year’s national holidays in the UAE have been officially announced.

Exact dates of Islamic celebrations vary every year, depending on local sightings of the moon, so the below dates aren’t necessarily confirmed.

The full list of anticipated holidays is as follows, with dates subject to change.

Israa and Mi’raj Night* – Friday 13 April
Ramadan expected to begin* – Wednesday 16 May
Eid Al-Fitr* – Thursday 14 June
Arafat Day* – Monday 20 August
Eid Al-Adha* – Tuesday 21 August
Hijiri New Year’s Day* – Tuesday 11 September
Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Birthday* – Monday 19 November
Martyr’s Day – Friday 30 November
UAE National Day – Sunday 2 December

*Exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from date given.

The Israa and Mi’raj night, taking place on April 13, and the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, expected on May 16. Office hours during Ramadan are reduced by two hours daily.

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Eid Al-Fitr is due to be celebrated on Thursday June 14. Eid Al-Adha, meanwhile, is expected to see a three-day celebration on Tuesday August 21, while Hijiri New Year’s Day (Islamic New Year’s Day) is likely to take place on Tuesday September 11.

As has been declared by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Friday November 30 will continue to be celebrated as Martyr’s Day, before UAE National Day takes place on Sunday December 2.

Published on 3 January 2017

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