Full Guide of Dubai National Holidays in 2021

Are you tired of working from home or is it getting too much recently? It’s not all doom and gloom and soon you might be able to relax for a few days. Take a look at some of the Dubai National Holidays

Some of Famous Dubai National Holidays

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Sunni Muslims observe the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Mohammed or Muhammed). This day is observed on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal.

This is different for Shi’a Muslims who mark it on the 17th of the month. The birthday is marked with a Dubai national holiday on Thursday 29th October 2020.

Commemoration Day 

Formerly known as Martyr’s Day, the holiday honors Emiratis who have died while protecting their country. The general population, schools, and most businesses are off on commemoration day.

This year, the Dubai national holiday comes on Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2020. The holiday combined with two days off for UAE National Day will give a five-day weekend.

UAE National Day 

In 2020, UAE will mark its 49th birthday. This is in celebration of the unification of the seven emirates in 1971. This will mean two days off ( Wednesday, 2nd December, and Thursday, 3rd December).

This combined with Commemoration Day will add up to five days off since Friday and Saturday is a weekend. 

New Year’s Day 

The New Year’s Day is a public holiday in UAE. New Year’s Day national holiday is a day off for the general population, schools, and most businesses.

In 2021, the day will be marked on a Friday. Some businesses may however choose to follow Friday opening hours.

Eid Al Fitr

Eid Al Fitr translates to ‘breaking fast’ and the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is mainly a month of fasting and prayer. Muslims hold communal prayers, attend khutba (sermon), and give to charity to the less fortunate.

The day is observed in May and is determined by the sighting of the moon which automatically appears when Ramadan ends. Both the public and private sector are off work for five days, 

Arafat Day

The holiday marks the second day of the yearly pilgrimage to Haj. The day of the holiday is also dependent on moon sighting. This is a day off for the general population, schools, and most businesses remain closed.

Eid Al Adha 

The event is observed by Muslims around the world. The festival honors Ibrahim’s obedience (Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son.

The national holiday is a day off. The general population, schools, and most businesses remain closed.

Hijri-Islamic New Year 

Hijri is Islamic’s New Year. It’s the first day of Muharram-the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar. This definitely differs from the Gregorian calendar.

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Important Information on Dubai National Holidays

  • The public holidays can add up to an extra fourteen days of holiday annually. However, Islamic holidays that fall onto a weekend are not considered holidays from work. In this case, it will be at the discretion of your employer or the UAE government.
  • Schools are public sector entities. This means they are subject to longer holidays than private companies. For example, EID is a 5 day holiday for the public sector, and a 2 day holiday for the private sector.
  • Islamic holiday dates are subject to slight changes due to moon sightings.

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