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Islamic New Year Holiday Announced for UAE Public Sector

Public sector workers will enjoy a three-day weekend for Al Hijri

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4 September 2018

Last updated on 14 November 2018
Islamic New Year 2018 Holiday Announced for UAE Public Sector

It has been announced that public sector workers in the UAE will receive holiday on Thursday 13th September to mark the occasion of the Islamic New Year, known as Al Hijri.

The UAE Cabinet declared on Monday that Government employees will enjoy a three-day weekend. As we’re still waiting to see if private sector workers will also receive a day off.

The Islamic New Year is predicted to fall on 11th September, although the date is dependent on the moon sighting.

The Al Hijri occasion does not involve public celebrations or events, despite the public holiday announced.

However, you can expect a dry night in Dubai and UAE, with alcohol not served for 24 hours. The date of the dry night for Al Hijri is still to be announced.

What is Islamic New Year?

The Islamic New Year, which is officially known as Al Hijri, marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year which differs from the Gregorian calendar currently used in Western countries.

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The public holiday marks 1,440 years since the migration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions from Mecca to Madiah, Islam’s holiest cities in Saudi Arabia.