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When is Eid Al Fitr in the UAE This Year?

Find out when the Holy Month of Ramadan will end in the UAE for 2023.

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6 May 2020

Last updated on 28 March 2023
Eid Al Fitr in the UAE: When are the Eid Al Fitr Holidays 2023

Eid Al Fitr holidays for both sectors in the UAE is expected to begin in mid-April!

Known as the “festival of breaking the fast”, Eid Al Fitr is a religious occasion marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims throughout the globe, is a period of prayer, fasting, reflection, and charity. It typically lasts 29 or 30 days and is dependent on the moon sighting.

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Ramadan 2023 in the UAE began on Thursday 23 March 2023, and may last until Thursday April 20 or Friday April 21. The actual date will be announced closer towards the end of Ramadan. Eid Al Fitr immediately follows afterward.

When is Eid Al Fitr 2023 in the UAE?

This year in the UAE, Eid Al Fitr is expected to take place on either Thursday 20th of April or Friday 21st of April 2023.

As Muslims follow the Islamic calendar, the actual date is dependent on the moon-sighting committee's final call.

Usually the moon-sighting committee will begin watching for a new moon cycle after maghrib prayers. If the new moon is spotted, then Eid Al Fitr will fall on the following day.

Eid Al Fitr 2023 public holidays in the UAE

If Eid Al Fitr falls on Friday April 21 this year, workers in the public and private sector who have day-offs on Saturdays and Sundays can expect a three-day weekend.

However, if the annual fast ends sooner and Eid Al Fitr takes place on Thursday April 20 instead, then residents can look forward to a long four-day weekend.

In 2019, both public and private sector holidays were unified by the UAE Cabinet, so private sector employees can expect to enjoy the same number of days off for Eid Al Fitr 2023.