UAE residents will get another long weekend next week.
The government said that Thursday, August 12 will be a public holiday across the country.
The holiday marks the beginning of the new Islamic year, 1442, in recognition of the day on which the Prophet Mohammed migrated from Makkah to Madinah.
The Islamic calendar is lunar, which is why it does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar.
Muslims do not celebrate Islamic New Year with public festivities or events. Hotels and bars have previously been told to refrain from serving alcohol and hosting live entertainment.
How many public holidays are left in 2021?
There are several public holidays remaining in 2021 – including major celebrations for the country's 50th anniversary.
Prophet's Birthday The next public holiday is expected to be Prophet Mohammed's birthday, expected to be about October 18-19. The holiday is usually one day.
Commemoration Day Previously known as Martyrs' Day, the occasion celebrates people who have lost their lives serving their country. It will take place on Tuesday, November 30.
National Day Major celebrations for the country's 50th anniversary are expected. December 2 will be a public holiday.