Many UAE 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.
UAE national holidays for 2016 are provided here.
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.
Typically, public sector employees receive more 'public' days off than those in the private sector. For full time staff, listed public holidays are paid and are usually not considered part of the annual leave allocation. While malls and shops are often open (with reduced or changed hours), other entities like Embassy's or Utilities/Services offices will likely be closed - it's best to check their websites.
|1 Jan 2016 (Friday)||International New Year (1 day)|
|5 May 2016 (Thursday)||Al Isra'a Wal Mi'raj Night* (1 day)|
|6 Jun 2016 (Monday)||Ramadan expected to begin* (29/30 days)|
|7 Jul 2016 (Thursday)||Eid Al Fitr * (2/3 days)|
|10 Sept 2016 (Saturday)||Arafat (Haj) Day* (1 day)|
|11 Sept 2016 (Sunday)||Eid Al Adha* (3 days)|
|2 Oct 2016 (Sunday)||Hijra New Year's Day* (1 day)
|2 Dec 2016 (Friday)||UAE National Day (2 days)|
|12 Dec 2016* (Monday)||Birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) (1 day)|