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.

March
01

This event is all about celebrating classical art and culture from the East and West, with a view to spreading cultural awareness around the...

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.

2017

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2017
April
24
Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Start date:
24 April 2017
June
25
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
25 June 2017
September
01
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
1 September 2017
September
22
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
22 September 2017
December
01
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
1 December 2017
December
02
National Day
Start date:
2 December 2017
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