If the moon sighting occurs as expected, we could be looking at four days of holiday in August for marking the passing of Eid Al Adha and Arafat Day.
Earlier this year, a tweet from the UAE government’s official communications officer confirmed: “The UAE Cabinet approves public holidays for the public sector for the years 2019-2020, and grants the private sector equal holidays. The decree aims at achieving a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy.”
It looks like that there will be three days off for Eid Al Adha, one for Islamic New Year, one for Commemoration Day and two for UAE National Day.
In December last year, the government released a provisional rundown of major days for 2019 and given a couple of hints of possible public holidays. Here’s a reminder of when they are and what time off was predicted then:
Here’s a list of important days for 2019:
Tuesday, 1st January: New Year’s Day (one day’s holiday)
Wednesday, 2nd 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 the public sector and one day for private).
*date dependant on sighting of the moon