When is the UAE's next public holiday in 2022?

The country's next national holiday is fast approaching

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The UAE has announced a national holiday to mark Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha.

This year, Eid Al Adha, or the “feast of sacrifice”, will begin on Saturday, July 9.

Both public and private sector workers will be able to enjoy a long weekend beginning on Friday, July 8, through Monday, July 11.

Work will resume on Tuesday, July 12, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said.

When is the next public holiday in the UAE?

The next public holiday in the UAE is on Friday, July 8.

This marks Arafat Day, the most important day of the Hajj, when pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat in Makkah where the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon.

Employees will then have a further three days off to celebrate Eid Al Adha, from Saturday, July 9, to Monday, July 11.

Eid Al Adha commemorates the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim, who was asked by God in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as a test of his faith.

The day begins with early Eid prayers at a mosque and it is customary for a family to have a goat or sheep butchered at an abattoir.

Last year, the Eid Al Adha holiday began on Monday, July 19, and lasted until Thursday, July 22.

How many UAE public holidays are there left in 2022

At the end of the month is the Islamic New Year, which will begin on Saturday, July 30, so it is unlikely workers will benefit from a day off.

It is more than two months from then until the next observation. The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday is celebrated on October 8, but because it falls on a Saturday a long weekend is unlikely.

In December, Commemoration Day and National Day will be the next potential long weekend off for many.

Commemoration Day will be marked on November 30 and the UAE National Day celebrated on December 2.

The official days off for these dates have been listed as being from Thursday, December 1 until Sunday, December 4.

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Updated: July 06, 2022, 11:45 AM
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