A decree aimed at achieving balance between the two sectors was approved by the UAE Cabinet
5 March 2019| Last updated on 7 March 2019
We have great news, private sector workers...
Thanks to a new decree that has been approved by the UAE Cabinet, national holidays for the year 2019 - 2020 will be equal for both sectors.
Meaning the private sector will be able to enjoy the same number of public holidays as the public sector and government workers.
Confirmed by the UAE government via a tweet from their official Twitter account, both sectors will be granted with equal days off in an effort to achieve a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy.
The unified UAE public holidays is certainly fantastic news for private sector workers - as previously, this sector has had fewer holidays compared to public sector workers, who were given additional days off.
Both public and private sectors will enjoy 14 days of UAE national holidays for 2019 - 2020.
Not only will the decision help to contribute to streamlining work in both sectors, it will also help to draw Emiratis into the private sector and will allow both citizens and residents to plan their holidays in advance.
The tweet above notably excludes two UAE public holidays - Isra'a Wal Mi'raj (Prophet's Ascension) in April, and also Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) birthday in November. As these two UAE religious holidays are confirmed based on the moon-sightings, we suspect the government will wait until nearer the time to confirm the public holidays for these two occasions.
A complete list of UAE public holidays in 2019
- Tuesday, 1st January: New Year's Day
- Wednesday, 3rd April: Isra'a Wal Mi'raj (Prophet's Ascension)
- Wednesday, 5th June: Eid Al Fitr
- Thursday, 6th June: Eid Al Fitr holiday
- Sunday, 11th August: Arafat (Haj) Day
- Monday, 12th August: Eid Al Adha
- Tuesday, 13th August: Eid Al Adha holiday
- Wednesday, 14th August: Eid Al Adha holiday
- Sunday, 1st September: Hijri (Islamic New Year)
- Sunday, 10th November: Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) birthday
- Saturday, 30th November: UAE Commemoration Day
- Monday, 2nd December: UAE National Day
- Tuesday, 3rd December: UAE National Day holiday