Are you planning to go somewhere this coming year but still stuck with your office in UAE? I prepared the following list of UAE Holidays for both Public and Private sector for the coming year 2014. It was very difficult to set my calendar as well last year because the government changed few of the expected holidays at the time of announcement. This year in 2013 UAE government even changed the holiday of their national day and made it two days before the actual date in order to make a long weekend for the people. Life in Dubai is really strange and it has a huge pace.
Following are the public and private sector UAE Holidays:
|Occasion||Date||Day||Duration (No. of Days)|
|New Year’s Day||Jan 1||Wednesday||1|
|Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (PBUH)||Jan 13||Monday||1|
|Israa & Miaraj Night*||May 26||Monday||1|
|Beginning of Ramadan*||Jun 28||Saturday||0|
|Eid Al Fitr*||Jul 28||Mon/Tue/Wed||3|
|Arafat (Haj) Day*||Oct 3||Friday||1|
|Eid Al Adha*||Oct 4||Sat/Sun/Mon||3|
|Hijri New Year’s Day*||Oct 25||Saturday||1|
|UAE National Day||Dec 2||Tue/Wed||2|
|*Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from the date given|
I hope they stick to the plan this time so people can take leaves accordingly and spend some time with their friends and families. On the other hand UAE is the best place for holidays as well. People come to Dubai to spend holidays but the people living and working in Dubai wish to go to their home country and spend time with their families.