Many Abu Dhabi Public Holidays and Festivals 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.
However its still a good idea to pencil in the guideline key dates listed below when planning your year.
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.
|1 Jan 2011||International New Year (1 day)|
|15 Feb 2011||Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (1 day)|
|29 Jun 2011||Israa & Miaraj Night* (1 day)|
|1 Aug 2011||Ramadan expected to begin* (29/30 days)|
|30 Aug 2011||Eid Al Fitr * (3 days)|
|5 Nov 2011||Arafat (Haj) Day* (1 day)|
|6 Nov 2011||Eid Al Adha* (3 days)|
|2/3 Dec 2011||UAE National Day (2 days)|
|7 Dec 2011||Hijri New Year's Day* (1 day)|
|1 Jan 2012||International New Year (1 day)|
|4 Feb 2012||Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (1 day)|
|17 Jun 2012||Israa & Miaraj Night* (1 day)|
|20 Jul 2012||Ramadan expected to begin* (29/30 days)|
|19 Aug 2012||Eid Al Fitr * (3 days)|
|25 Oct 2012||Arafat (Haj) Day* (1 day)|
|26 Oct 2012||Eid Al Adha* (3 days)|
|2/3 Dec 2012||UAE National Day (2 days)|
|15 Nov 2012||Hijri New Year's Day* (1 day)|
For a listing of the UAE National Holidays for 2014, click here.
For a listing of the 2015 National Holidays, click here.