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UAE Public Holidays 2024 - Enjoy 13 Days Off & 4 Long Weekends


Shini Ramith

November 23, 2023 · 7 min read
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UAE Holidays & Long Weekends For 2024 – Plan Your Vacation With Our Public Holiday Calendar

The end of 2023 is approaching rapidly, and it is time for us to start looking ahead to the upcoming year and all the wonderful celebrations we will get to enjoy. With our 2024 calendar, you can keep track of the upcoming UAE National Holidays. In this way, you will be able to plan ahead, know your working hours and make a great schedule for the next year!

In this article, we will be giving you all the information you need regarding the 2024 UAE National Holidays! 

Revealed: UAE Public Holidays for 2024 - Plan Your Getaways!

UAE residents are in for a treat with at least 13 public holidays in 2024, as announced by the Cabinet. What's more, four of these occasions will create extended weekends, including a generous six-day break.

These holidays, coupled with the standard 30 annual leaves, offer ample opportunities for travel. Expatriates in the UAE often align their vacations with public holidays for both international getaways and relaxing staycations.

To help you plan your year, we've translated the Islamic calendar dates into the Gregorian calendar using the Hijri calendar from the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) website. Keep in mind that the actual dates will be confirmed closer to each occasion, depending on the sighting of the crescent Moon.

Key Dates for Public Holidays in 2024:

1. Happy New Year: Kick off 2024 with a three-day weekend, starting on Monday, January 1.

2. Eid Al Fitr: Celebrate the end of Ramadan with a six-day break, spanning from April 9 to April 12, including the weekend.

3. Arafah Day, Eid Al Adha: Enjoy a five-day break from June 15 to June 19, combining Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha.

4. Islamic New Year: Mark the second new year of 2024 on Sunday, July 7.

5. Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Birthday: Celebrate on the date of Rabi Al Awwal 12.

6. National Day: End the year with a bang! December 2 and 3 fall on Monday and Tuesday, resulting in a delightful four-day holiday.

Plan your vacations and make the most of these extended weekends!

Eid Al-Fitr (April 8th to 12th)

Eid Al Fitr in 2024 is anticipated to begin on Monday, 8 April, with the Eid festivities spanning from the 29th day of Ramadan until the 3rd day of Shawwal, according to the Islamic calendar. Though, the exact dates will be verified nearer to the time, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Eid al-Fitr is an important festival in the Islamic calendar that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is celebrated worldwide by Muslims of all backgrounds and is a time of joy, giving, and thanksgiving. During this holiday, families gather to pray, exchange gifts, and feast together.

On the first day of Eid, Muslims will perform special prayers and exchange gifts. Many families will also prepare special feasts to celebrate the end of the month of fasting. In addition to celebrating with family, many people will use the holiday to give back to their communities. As one of the UAE National Holidays, charitable donations, volunteering, and helping those in need are all popular activities.

Eid al-Fitr is a time of joy and reflection for Muslims around the world. It is a time to come together and celebrate the end of a month of fasting, prayer, and introspection

Arafat Day/Eid Al-Adha (June 15th to 18th)

Residents in the UAE will have a four-day break on Saturday, 15 June, due to Arafat Day, which will be followed by three days of Eid al Adha festivities. Numerous hotels, resorts, and theme parks are expected to provide special deals and discounts for the occasion.

Eid Al-Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is one of the most important UAE National Holidays. It is the second of two major Islamic holidays and is celebrated by Muslims around the world. Eid Al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his only son to God as an act of obedience.

The celebration of Eid Al-Adha begins with the sighting of the new moon, usually two days prior to the actual holiday. On this day, Muslims engage in prayer, wear new clothes, exchange gifts, and visit family and friends. The day of Eid Al-Adha is a special occasion for the entire family to gather and celebrate. In some countries, a sheep, goat, or cow is sacrificed, and the meat is distributed to the poor.

Eid Al-Adha is also known for the sacrifices that individuals make in order to gain rewards from God. Muslims are encouraged to donate money or food to those in need, perform acts of charity, and strengthen family ties. The holiday is a time of joy, reflection, and appreciation for all that God has provided.

Hijri New Year (July 7th)

The UAE is preparing to observe the Islamic (Hijri) New Year in 2024 on the 7th of July, and the public holiday for that year will fall on a Sunday.

The holiday is typically celebrated by gathering together with family and friends for a communal meal and prayer. The meal typically includes traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as kebabs, hummus, and dolma. After the meal, special prayers are said to thank Allah for the blessings of the year.

Hijri New Year is also a time of celebration and reflection. It is a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate the blessings of the past year, while looking forward to the coming year.

Hijri New Year is celebrated all over the UAE, and is a time of joy and celebration. It is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the past year, and to look forward to the blessings of the coming year.

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (September 15th)

The celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday in the UAE will be held as one of the UAE National Holidays in 2024. It will begin at sundown on 15 September and conclude at sundown on Wednesday, 16 September.

The celebration of Prophet Muhammad's Birthday includes special prayers, recitations of the Qur'an, and readings of Hadith (sayings of the Prophet). Muslims also give out sweets and gifts, and decorate their homes with lights. In some places, mosques are also decorated with lights and special banners.

This celebration is a reminder of the importance of following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and his example of kindness, mercy, and compassion. It is also a reminder of Allah's blessings and mercy upon the Prophet and his followers. Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad not only as a day of remembrance. Also, it as a day of joy and appreciation for the guidance he provided to all of humanity.

Commemoration Day/National Day (December 1st to 3rd)

In line with tradition, 1 December will be observed as Commemoration Day, while 2 and 3 December will be reserved for UAE National Day celebrations. This will give the citizens of the UAE another four-day break.

The National Day of the UAE is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country. Each emirate holds its own celebrations with parades, fireworks, concerts, and other festivities. The day is also marked with a public holiday, so that the citizens of the UAE can join in the festive spirit.

The National Day celebrations are a wonderful way to bring the people of the UAE together in celebration and to thank them for their contributions to the country. It is a day to be proud of the nation’s achievements and to look forward to a bright future.

Why are UAE National Holidays important?

UAE National Holidays are important for a number of reasons. They offer citizens a chance to celebrate the country's culture, its successes and achievements, and its history. The holidays also provide a great opportunity for citizens to reconnect with their families and appreciate their shared heritage.

UAE National Holidays also offer a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They are a chance for citizens to take in the beauty of the country and reflect on the progress that has been made in recent years. The holidays celebrate the unity of the country and its people and serve as a reminder to appreciate the successes of the past.

The holidays are also important for businesses as they provide an opportunity for employees to take a break from their regular tasks and enjoy a few days off. This can help to reduce stress levels and improve morale. Additionally, the holidays give businesses a chance to promote their services and products to customers.

Finally, UAE National Holidays are important to the tourism industry. Many tourists flock to the UAE to experience its culture, its festivals, and its attractions. The holidays are a great way to attract more visitors to the country and boost the economy.

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