Dubai Holidays – Dates for UAE Public Holidays 2014 – 2015
Dubai holidays – dates for UAE public holidays in 2014 and 2015. Note, exact days will vary according to the Islamic calendar.
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UPDATE: Next major holiday dates in the UAE: Day of Arafat and Eid Al Adha. Eid Al Adha will be observed by the Muslim world on Saturday, October 4, as Sept 24th marked the first day of Dhu Al Hijjah according to Saudi Arabia. The Day of Arafat, the climax of the annual pilgrimage, will fall on Friday, October 3.
Note: Islamic holidays that fall onto a weekend do not translate into holidays from work, or do not necessarily translate. This will be up to the discretion of your employer. If Eid falls on a weekend for example, there may be no actual holiday from work, although of course it remains a deeply religious event and celebration.
Schools are usually treated as public sector entities which means they get longer holidays than private sector companies. This can cause some difficulty for parents in private sector companies that will have to find cover for their children. Eid for example, is usually a 5 day holiday for the public sector, and a 2 day holiday for the private sector.
If you are new to the UAE note that holidays that you have come to expect do not travel. If you’re from Europe or the US forget Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas holidays – although do expect the telephone lines to go dead to Europe/US. If you’re from India, forget the likes of Diwali, but still expect the lights to come on across balconies across the emirates.
Note: Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai holidays are consistent across the UAE.
UAE Public Holidays 2014
|1st January 2014||New Year’s Day||1 day|
|13th January 2014||Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (PBUH)||1 day|
|13th January 2014||Israa & Miaraj Night (Night of Ascension)||1 day|
|27 -312t July 2014||Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)||2 days for the private sector. 5 for the public sector. Companies will be able to give either Sunday and Monday, or Monday and Tuesday off. The public sector holiday will run from the 27th to 31st, a 9-day holiday including the weekends.|
|3rd October 2014||Arafat Day||1 day|
|4th October 2014||Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)||2 days for the private sector. Up to 5 for the public sector. Note Eid will be 2 days but whether those days are holiday days depends upon whether Eid falls during the working week.|
|25th October 2014||Hijra New Year’s Day||1 day|