Islamic New Year holiday 2023 announced for UAE public sector

Public sector workers will have the day off on Friday, July 21

A picture taken on November 6, 2018 shows Aermacchi MB-339 jets from UAE's Al-Fursan flying over the the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE
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Islamic New Year will be on Friday, July 21, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has confirmed.

The ministry announced on Wednesday that the holiday, which marks the start of the Islamic year 1445, will result in a day off for public sector workers.

Public and private sectors in the Emirates typically have unified holidays.

Hijri, or New Year, marks the day on which 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 Hijri with public festivities or events.

When is the next public holiday

The next public holiday after New Year is just over two months away.

Prophet Mohammed's birthday falls on Friday, September 29, which also gives people a long weekend.

The holiday for National Day falls on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, with the likelihood of another long weekend off work.

Updated: July 12, 2023, 12:36 PM