There’s going to be a dry night at the end of August

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Hotels and restaurants in Dubai will not serve adult beverages between Saturday and Sunday evening.

The ‘dry night’ is a mark of respect for Hirji New Year (Islamic New Year), which is expected to fall on Sunday September 1st.

In a memo circulated by The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, bars, eateries and hotels are also asked not to host live entertainment and music from 6.30pm Saturday, August 31st until 7.30pm on Sunday, September 1st.

We’re still waiting for final confirmation of the holiday by moon sighting, but it looks like both public and private sector workers should enjoy a day off on Sunday 1st September to mark the new Islamic year 1441 AH. That means if you don’t usually work on Friday and Saturday, you’ll probably have a full three days of holiday.

Everyone goes back to work on Monday, 2nd September.

A guide to public holidays in the UAE for 2019

We’ll have plenty of great ideas on how you can make the most of your downtime, so check back with us.

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