Many UAE 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.
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 2014||International New Year (1 day)|
|14 Jan 2014||Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (1 day)|
|27 May 2014||Israa & Miaraj Night* (1 day)|
|29 Jun 2014||Ramadan expected to begin* (29/30 days)|
|29 Jul 2014||Eid Al Fitr * (3 days)|
|4 Oct 2014||Arafat (Haj) Day* (1 day)|
|5 Oct 2014||Eid Al Adha* (3 days)|
|25 Oct 2014||Hijra New Year's Day* (1 day)
|2 Dec 2014||UAE National Day (2 days)|
For a listing of the 2015 Public Holidays, click here.