How many public holidays are left in 2023?

Residents are set for a long weekend next week to mark the Prophet Mohammed's Birthday

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Public and private sector workers will be granted a long weekend at the end of the month as the nation observes the Prophet Mohammed's birthday.

UAE authorities announced on Monday that employees will be given paid leave to mark the occasion on Friday, September 29.

The UAE Cabinet confirmed holiday dates for both the public and private sectors for 2023 towards the end of last year.

The list shows there is only one more public holiday to come after this month's break, in the form of the country's 52nd National Day celebrations in December.

The government announced in 2019 that private sector employees would have the same number of holidays as government staff.

The UAE Cabinet previously confirmed a two-day break for National Day, on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.

This could be another long weekend, however, with the public holiday for Commemoration Day usually observed on December 1.

The day officially falls on November 30, but has been marked with a public holiday on the following day in recent years.

It has not been officially confirmed if this will be the case this year.

Commemoration Day, introduced by the late President Sheikh Khalifa in 2015, is held every year to recognise the dedication and sacrifices of the UAE’s military and civilian service people, and to honour those who lost their lives while serving the country.

Confirmed holiday dates to come for 2023

September 29: Prophet Mohammed’s birthday

December 2 and 3: UAE National Day

Updated: September 19, 2023, 5:32 AM