Top events in United Arab Emirates

October
24

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.

August
06

Commemorates the accession of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and features lively celebrations, feasting and fireworks.

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.

2014

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2014
January
13
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
13 January 2014

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

May
27
Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Start date:
27 May 2014
July
28
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
28 July 2014
End date:
30 July 2014
October
04
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
4 October 2014
October
25
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
25 October 2014
December
02
National Day
Start date:
2 December 2014

2015

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2015
January
02
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
2 January 2015

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

May
16
Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Start date:
16 May 2015
July
18
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
18 July 2015
September
23
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
23 September 2015
October
13
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
13 October 2015
December
02
National Day
Start date:
2 December 2015
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