These are the upcoming public holidays in the UAE in 2021.
20 December 2020| Last updated on 16 May 2021
Planning ahead for the next break? Here are the dates to add to your diary.
All UAE public holidays for both the private and public sectors have been announced for 2021! If you’re eager to know when the next break will take place, prepare your calendar and read on.
Some of the upcoming breaks will be dependent on moon sightings and the official date will be confirmed by authorities closer to the time, with breaks ranging from three to six days.
The first public holiday in the UAE took place for Eid Al Fitr from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. Residents enjoyed a long weekend of up to five days! The Eid Al Fitr break officially fell on Tuesday May 11 - Saturday 15, 2021, and was subject to moon sighting.
Following Eid Al Fitr, the next UAE public holidayJuly 19 until July 22 for Eid Al Adha. The actual holiday dates will be announced closer to the end of that month.
Expats can look forward to Islamic New Year or Hijri New Year this Thursday, August 12, of which the UAE will mark the occasion with a three-day weekend.
Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) birthday will be celebrated on Thursday, October 21 with another long weekend.
On Wednesday, December 1, the country will celebrate UAE Commemoration Day.
This is followed by the UAE’s 50th National Day, which will be celebrated until Saturday, December 4.
Full list of upcoming UAE public holidays
- Eid Al Fitr: Observed from Tuesday May 11 to Saturday May 15
- Eid al Adha: Expected to fall on Monday July 19 to Thursday July 22
- Islamic New Year: Thursday August 12
- Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) birthday: Thursday October 21 to Saturday October 23
- Commemoration Day: Wednesday December 1
- UAE National Day: December 2 - 3 (expected to run for four days until Saturday December 4)