UAE public holidays 2022: when is the next day off as weekend changes?

New Year's Day falls on a Saturday, so it will be a five-month wait for next long weekend

After a bumper long weekend packed with events across the UAE to mark the nation’s Golden Jubilee and Commemoration Day, it will not be long until the next public holiday.

Although many residents will be taking time off over the festive period, the next official public holiday is on January 1 to celebrate New Year’s Day.

New Year's Day 2022 falls on a Saturday so most will already have the day off, and it will be followed by an official holiday on January 2 which comes as part of the UAE weekend changes brought in for next year.

Then there will be a five-month wait until the next public holiday for Eid Al Fitr.

A five-day break will mark the end of Ramadan in 2022, which is likely to fall on May 1, depending on which night the new crescent moon is sighted.

In July, there will be five more days off work, starting with Arafat Day on July 9, although that also falls on a Saturday so most people will already be off.

That same week is Eid Al Adha, which begins on Sunday, July 10. At the end of the month is the Islamic New Year which will begin on Sunday, July 31.

It is almost three months from then until the next long weekend. The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday is celebrated on Sunday, October 9.

In December, Commemoration Day and National Day are another potential long weekend for many, although the 51st anniversary of the birth of the nation falls on a Friday.

All public holidays are subject to government confirmation, usually given closer to the date.

UAE public holidays in 2022 at a glance:

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • January 2: Official holiday for UAE weekend change
  • April 30 to May 4: Eid Al Fitr*
  • July 8: Arafat Day
  • July 9, 10 and 11: Eid Al Adha*
  • July 30: Islamic New Year
  • October 8: Prophet Mohammed’s birthday
  • December 1: Commemoration Day
  • December 2 and 3: UAE National Day

*Subject to confirmation from the moon-sighting committee.

Updated: December 8th 2021, 5:58 AM