Abu Dhabi, Dubai Holidays 2015 – Dates for UAE Public Holidays
Dubai holidays – dates for UAE public holidays in 2015. Note, exact days will vary according to the Islamic calendar.
UPDATE: The next public holiday in the UAE will be on May 15th or 16th – Israa and Miaraj Night, the Ascension of the Prophet.
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 2015
Note: 18th or 19th June 2015- Predicted start of Ramadan. Hajj season – 14 Sep 2015
|Thursday||January 01||New Years Day|
|Saturday||January 03||Birthday of Prophet Muhammad|
|Friday||May 15 or 16||Israa & Miaraj Night||Ascension of the Prophet|
|Saturday||July 17 or 18||Eid Al Fitr|
|Sunday||July 19||Eid Al Fitr|
|Monday||July 20||Eid Al Fitr|
|Thursday||September 22 – 24||Arafat (Haj) Day||Arafat Day or Day of Arafa is the second day of the Haj|
|Friday||September 23 – 25||Eid Al Adha||Date varies on Lunar cycle|
|Saturday||September 26||Eid Al Adha||Date varies on Lunar cycle|
|Sunday||September 27||Eid Al Adha Holiday||Date varies on Lunar cycle|
|Thursday||October 15||Hijri New Years Day||Islamic New Year|
|Wednesday||December 02||UAE National Day||For government and private sectors|
|Thursday||December 03-04||UAE National Day||Likely for the government sector|