A new resolution means Dubai's holidays may differ to other UAE public holiday dates in the country
25 April 2018| Last updated on 13 November 2018
A new resolution issued this week has revealed that from now on, Dubai will be declaring its own public holidays.
According to the new resolution issued by Dubai's Department of Human Resources, Dubai will announce its own holidays - meaning, holiday dates for Dubai residents could differ from the UAE's public holiday dates.
Until now, UAE public holidays for both public and private sectors have been confirmed and announced by the UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. Now, however, the Department of Human Resources will be deciding public holiday dates for Dubai's public and private sectors.
As part of this new resolution, "The Department shall specify the dates concerning the declared holiday, taking into consideration the working mechanisms and hours of governmental bodies and organisations", according to news agency WAM.
The UAE's Federal law dictates that public holidays in the UAE can be moved to the begining or end of a week if it falls between two working days - which means residents can either expect longer weekends or shorter holidays! The resolution will come into effect from the date of its issuance.
This change comes after the most recent UAE public holiday, Isra'a Wal Mi'raj. There are just seven public holidays left for 2018 in Dubai and the UAE, and they are as follows:
- Eid Al Fitr - Friday 15th June*
- Arafat (Haj) Day - Monday 20th August*
- Eid Al Adha - Tuesday 21st August*
- Islamic New Year (Al Hijri) - Tuesday 11th September*
- Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Birthday - Tuesday 20th November*
- UAE Commemoration Day - Friday 30th November
- UAE National Day - Sunday 2nd December
*Holiday dates may change depending on moon sightings
We'll of course keep you updated as and when Dubai public holiday dates are announced for the remainder of the year.