Following the news that government workers would receive a holiday for the upcoming Islamic New Year, the same has now been confirmed for the private sector.
Government news agency Wam published an announcement from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation on Monday (19th August) evening.
It’s to celebrate Muharram 1, 1441 – Hijri or Islamic New Year, on the Islamic Calendar. The corresponding date in the Gregorian Calendar is predicted to fall around 31st August. That’s dependent on a moon sighting and hasn’t yet been confirmed by the UAE government.
This follows the UAE’s cabinet announcement earlier in 2019 that private and public sector holidays would be aligned.
So we’re all getting a holiday, and although the exact day of the week hasn’t been confirmed yet, it’s likely to be on Sunday 1st September. With everyone returning to work on Monday 2nd September.
In respect of the religious day, the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has asked licensed venues not to host live entertainment and music from 6.30pm Saturday, August 31st until 7.30pm on Sunday, September 1st.