Public Holidays in the United Arab Emirates

A calendar of the national vacation days when businesses, schools and banks holiday and people get the day off in Dubai. With links to holidays in the UK and US...

The official United Arab Emirates working week is a five-day week running Sunday to Thursday with the weekend being Friday and Saturday. Private sector companies are not obliged to follow the Friday-Saturday weekend; neither are they obliged to observe government-only holidays.

There is no day in lieu if public holidays fall on a weekend.

The UAE public holiday calendar changes each year it is based on the lunar cycle. Holidays based on religious calendars are subject to change for various reasons including the inauspiciousness of a certain date; they are usually confirmed only days before the event.

Islamic religious holidays begin at sunset, the day prior to the holiday. During certain holidays alcohol may not be purchased or served.

Below are the projected dates for public holidays until further announcement by UAE officials.
Note: Religious holidays are included in this table if they are national public holidays or if they are specifically allow for employees of certain religions.

Public Holidays 2017

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 24 April - Israa and Miraj Night (The Prophet’s Ascension)
  • 25 May - Ramadan begins
  • 25 - 28 June - Eid Al Fitr (The end of Ramadan)
  • 8 July - Eid Al Fitr Holiday (to be confirmed)
  • 31 August - Arafat Day
  • 1 - 3 September - Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice and holidays)
  • 21 September - Islamic New Year
  • 30 November - Moloud (the Prophet's birthday). Also Commemoration Day
  • 2 December - UAE National Day