Time to update your calendar and start planning for 2019. Nothing says ‘new year’ like a new diary and we have the key dates to fill yours with.
From occasions for reflection to times of celebration, we need to know when the UAE’s public holiday take place. Some – like Commemoration Day and National Day – fall on the same date every year. Others – Ramadan and the two Eids – depend on moon sightings and could change.
The government has released a provisional run down of major days for 2019 and given a couple of hints of possible public holidays.
Here’s a list of important days for 2019 and the time off we could be enjoying:
Tuesday, 1st January: New Year’s Day (one day’s holiday)
Wednesday, 2rd April: Prophet’s Ascension* (one day)
Monday, 6th May: Start of Ramadan*
Tuesday, 4th June/Wednesday, 5th June: Eid Al Fitr (three days for public sector and two days for private sector)
Sunday, 11th August: Arafat Day* (one day)
Monday, 12th August: Eid Al Adha* (three days for public sector and two days for private sector)
Friday, 30th August: Islamic New Year* (one day)
Sunday, 10th November: Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday* (one day)
Saturday, 30th November: UAE Commemoration Day (one day)
Monday, 2nd December: UAE National Day (two days for public sector and one day for private).
*date dependant on sighting of the moon