The Next Long Weekend In The UAE Is Coming Sooner Than You Think


If you, like us, have been wistfully staring outside the window, day dreaming about the next long holiday and planning a mini-getaway, we’re here to serve some good news.

It turns out you don’t have to wait long for your next off.

Eid Al Adha is expected to begin on August 21, however, the Abu Dhabi government has announced the list of public holidays in 2018 earlier this week, and according to the list, there can be an off on August 12.

“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.

On December 2, the UAE National Day is accompanied by a series of events and programmes lasting several days.”

Abu Dhabi government

The statement categorically mentions that all these dates are subjected to moon sighting and not official, but it doesn’t hurt to plan your holidays as per the upcoming offs.*

Tentative dates

There’s the Haj season which is beginning on August 12, and Eid Al Adha on August 21.

The Hijri New Year is expected to fall on Tuesday, September 11,

After that will be the Prophet’s Birthday on November 19, Commemoration Day on Friday, November 30, and National Day on Sunday and Monday, December 2 and 3.

*- All the exact dates will be announced closer to the time.


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