3-day weekend as Al Hijri New Year is announced for UAE

Sunday, October 2 will be a public holiday for all federal ministries and entities for Al Hijri New Year, Dubai Media Office announced on Monday.

ABU DHABI // This Sunday, October 2, will be a public holiday for all government and private sector workers to mark Al Hijri New Year, with work resuming the next day, said the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The occasion – the first day of Hijri year 1438 – does not usually involve public celebrations or traditional events. It is considered to be a day dedicated to faith, in which Muslims honour the beginning of Islam and reflect on the passage of time.

The new year marked the arrival of the Prophet Mohammed in Medina after he emigrated from Mecca, an occasion that led to the establishment of the first Muslim community based on Islamic teachings.

Known as the Hijra, the migration from Mecca to Medina marked the beginning of the Islamic era, or 1AH, in 622AD.

The Islamic year consists of 12 lunar months and is 10 to 12 days shorter than the Gregorian year.

Saqr Ghobash, Minister for Human Resources and Emiratisation, conveyed his new year’s greetings to the President, Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, members of the Supreme Council and all citizens and residents.

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Published: September 26, 2016 04:00 AM