Many Festivals and Holidays in UAE are based on the sighting of the moon rather than having fixed dates in the Hijra Calendar.
This means that many holidays are confirmed as late as 24 hours before.
The Hijra year (the Islamic year consisting of 354 or 355 days divided into 12 lunar months) started in 622AD when Prophet Muhammed migrated (hijra) from Mecca to AL Madinah.
For a listing of the Public Holiday dates for 2012, click here.
|1 Jan 2013||International New Year (1 day)|
|24 Jan 2013||Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (1 day)|
|6 Jun 2013||Israa & Miaraj Night* (1 day)|
|9 Jul 2013||Ramadan expected to begin* (29/30 days)|
|9 Aug 2013||Eid Al Fitr * (3 days)|
|14 Oct 2013||Arafat (Haj) Day* (1 day)|
|15 Oct 2013||Eid Al Adha* (3 days)|
|5 Nov 2013||Hijra New Year's Day* (1 day)
|2 Dec 2013||UAE National Day (2 days)|
For a listing of 2014 Public Holidays UAE, click here.
For a listing of the 2015 Public Holidays, click here.