UAE Holidays

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 the Public Holidays in UAE for 2011, click here.

For a listing of the Public Holiday dates for 2012, click here.

For UAE Public Holidays 2013, click here.

UAE Holidays 2014

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)

*date based on the siting of the moon.

For a listing of the 2015 Public Holidays, click here.

Muslim Calendar Festivals and Events
  • Eid Al Fitr – the breaking of the fast marking the end of Ramadan
  • Arafat - the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day before Eid al Adha. Named after the geographical area Arafa where the Prophet gave his Farewell Sermon.
  • Eid Al Adha – the sacrifice which marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Mawlid Al Nabee – holiday celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday 
  • Lailat Al Mi’raj – the prophets ascension into heaven 
  • Ashura - commemorates the death in battle of the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Husain 
Not all Muslim Calendar events are public holidays in the commercial sector.

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