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UAE public holidays for 2018

The below dates are tentative dates  only - subject to moon sighting - and should not be considered as an official announcement; public holidays are announced, by official authorities, once confirmed," the statement added:

Name of the holiday

Date in Hijri calendar

Date in Gregorian calendar

Holiday duration

New Year


January 1 2018


Ramadan expected to begin*

1 Ramadan 1439

May 16 2018


Eid Al Fitr*

1 Shawwal 1439

June 14 2018


Haj season*

1 Zul Hijjah 1439

August 12 2018


Arafat Day*

9 Zul Hijjah 1439

August 20 2018


Eid Al Adha*

10 Zul Hijjah 1439

August 21 2018


Hijri New Year Day*

1 Muharram 1440

September 11 2018


Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s birthday*

12 Rabi ul Awwal 1440

November 19 2018


Martyr's Day


November 30 2018


UAE National Day


December 2 and 3 2018



The holidays explained:

Israa wal Miraj Night

Known as the Prophet’s Ascension or the Night Journey, Israa wal Miraj are the two parts of Prophet Mohammed’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem during a single night. He is said to have travelled on a winged horse before ascending to heaven to speak to God, who gave him instructions to take back to Muslims regarding the details of prayer. Learn more here


Ramadan is the ninth month and the holiest for Muslims in the Islamic calendar. It is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan. During this month, Muslims do not consume any food or liquid between fair and maghrib prayers (at dawn and sunset), not even water.

 Ramadan FAQs: All you need to know about the holy month in the UAE

Eid Al Fitr

Is the festival of breaking the fast which celebrates the end of Ramadan. Eid Al Fitr falls on the first and second day of Shawwal and are the only two days Muslims are not permitted to fast.

Haj season

Haj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca which Muslims must carry out at least once in their lifetime, if they have means. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and involves a series of rituals and prayers aimed at erasing past sins.

Arafat Day

The second day of the Haj pilgrimage when Muslims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat, where Prophet Mohammed is said to have delivered his last sermon. The day after Arafat Day is Eid Al Adha.

Eid Al Adha

The festival of sacrifice is considered the holiest of the two Eids. On this day Muslims sacrifice a sheep or goat and distribute the meat to the needy in honour of Prophet Abraham who is said to have had his faith tested by God after he was told to sacrifice his son. Once he agreed, God intervened and put a sheep in his son’s place. Eid Al Adha is celebrated over four days.

Hijri New Year’s Day

The Islamic New Year, celebrated on the first of Muharram, is the first day of the lunar calendar year.

Commemoration Day

In August 2015, President Sheikh Khalifa announced that November 30 will be a national holiday to honour Emiratis who have fallen in the line of duty. The first Emirati serviceman to die in the line of duty was Salem Suhail bin Khamis, at the end of November in 1971, shortly before the UAE’s formation.

UAE National Day

The anniversary of the federal unification of the Emirates in 1971, which was headed by the late founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed.


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