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Guide to Official Public Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

As the New Year arrived, everyone had the same question in mind: what are the dates for the UAE public holidays this year? Most of the UAE residents wait for these dates so that they can start planning their holidays and short breaks for the year ahead.

Here is a guide to official public holidays in the United Arab Emirates in 2019:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 – ISRA’A WAL MI’RAJ

Isra’aWalMi’raj is a well-known Islamic holiday. This day marks the night Prophet Muhammad traveled from Makkah to Jerusalem and ascended to heaven eventually. Isra’aWalMi’raj is a yearly event that is celebrated on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. As per the Hijri calendar, it falls on Wednesday, April 3. It implies that UAE residents will be able to catch a mid-week break. This is ideal for a quick holiday break. You can look into the several recreational activities that you can do in Hatta. Also, you can check out all the things to do in Dubai Mall. Dubai Mall offers you more than just places to shop from!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 – EID AL FITR

This is one of the major official public holidays in the UAE in 2019. This is the day when shopping malls arrange for special events!

It is commonly known as ‘the festival of breaking the fast’. This is one of the most prominent public holidays in 2019 in UAE. Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. For UAE residents, this day marks a three-day holiday for the public sector, and a two-day holiday for the private sector!

But, Eid Al Fitr depends on when the moon is sighted. Thus, the date is subject to change. The Eid holidays in the UAE 2019 might be either June 4 or 5. However, residents will only know closer to the date. You can start planning a short getaway early on. Make sure to look into the best holiday destinations from Dubai for the summer break.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 – ARAFAT DAY

Arafat is an Islamic holiday. It marks the second day of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. This day is pretty significant since Muslim pilgrims will travel from Mina to a hill known as Mount Arafat on this very day. The date falls on a Saturday. However, the date is dependent on moon-sighting. Thus, it can change later.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 – EID AL ADHA

Eid Al Adha is one of the UAE public holidays in 2019 for the private sector! A grand series of fireworks happen during this occasion. One of the major public holidays in the UAE 2019, Eid Al Adha follows the pilgrimage of Hajj. It translates to the ‘festival of sacrifice’. It honors the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail. The holiday usually falls on Sunday, August 11. It mainly depends on the sighting of the moon.

This holiday, combined with the holiday for Arafat, might give way to a five-day weekend for the public sector, and a four-day weekend for the private sector! Thus, UAE residents might be in for a pleasant surprise! You can look into the beautiful Emirate of Ajman with a staycation during these UAE national and public holidays in 2019.

Thus, this holiday honors Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah. As per the tale, Ismail is happy to oblige before Allah sends his angel, Jibra’il, to inform Ibrahim that he has accepted the sacrifice from his heart.

Goats are sacrificed and divided into three parts. One part belongs to the family, one part belongs to the relatives, and one part belongs to the poor. The holiday starts on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja – the last month of the Hijri calendar.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 – AL HIJRI (ISLAMIC NEW YEAR)

Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Some of the new residents might not know this! This holiday is also subject to moon-sighting but is expected to fall on Saturday, August 31. UAE residents might get a day off for the occasion. Thus, it will not be a long weekend. In the weekend, you can plan a road trip to Ras Al Khaimah. You must look into the awesome things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. Some of these include visiting UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – MILAD UN NABI

MiladUnNabiis the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. It is celebrated on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi Al Awwal. This holiday falls on a Saturday in 2019.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – COMMEMORATION DAY

This day is termed as “Commemoration day”. In 2015, HH Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, decreed that this day would honor the Emiratis who lost their lives fighting for the UAE. It was declared as a public holiday for UAE residents. This is touted as a day of remembrance of the brave martyrs. This UAE public holiday in 2019 is supposed to fall on a Saturday.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 – UAE NATIONAL DAY

This is the last public holiday on the calendar. In 2019, this day will celebrate 48 years since the formation of the country! It marks the occasion when all of the seven emirates came together to form the United Arab Emirates. It is a nationwide event, entertainment, and festivity. This prominent day will fall on Monday, December 2. However, as in 2018, residents might get Sunday as well as Monday off!

What is the similarity between UAE Commemoration Day and UAE National Day?

These two public holidays in UAE are the only two dates in the calendar that are not religious holidays. They are fixed dates. They are the only two UAE holidays that are observed on the same date every year of the Gregorian calendar.

UAE Commemoration Day was previously known as UAE Martyr's Day. This day is observed annually on November 30th. The country's UAE National Day lands shortly after on December 2nd.

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