Top events in United Arab Emirates

October
02

Celebrated throughout the Muslim World, the Islamic New Year or 'Al-Hijra' occurs on the first day of the month of Muharram which begins on Hijra...

January
01

All the big stores and almost every shop in Dubai slashes prices in this month-long retail extravaganza.

February
15

Featuring singles and doubles competitions for both men and women, the annual Dubai Tennis Championships attract some of the biggest names from...

United Arab Emirates Public Holidays

Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

2016

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2016
May
05
Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Start date:
5 May 2016
July
07
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
7 July 2016
September
13
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
13 September 2016
October
03
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
3 October 2016
December
02
National Day
Start date:
2 December 2016
December
12
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
12 December 2016

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

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