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A preview of the UAE bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2020, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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UAE Public Holidays in 2020 Observance*
Jan.    Wed New Year's Day
Mar.    Sun Al Isra Wal Miraj (The Prophet's Ascension)
May     Sat Eid al Fitr Holiday (Last Day of Ramadan) Government
        Sun Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
        Mon Eid al Fitr Holiday
        Tue Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
July    Thu Arafat Day
        Fri Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Aug.    Sat Eid al Adha Holiday
        Sun Eid al Adha Holiday Government
        Thu Islamic New Year
Oct.    Thu The Prophet's Birthday
Nov.    Mon Martyrs' Day / Commemoration Day (may move to Dec. 3)
Dec.    Wed National Day
        Thu National Day Holiday Government
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

09 Apr 2017 UAE 2017 Israa wal Mairaj Public Holiday (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE Government has announced that the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Israa wal Mairaj had been moved from Monday, April 24, 2017, to Sunday, April 23, 2017.  03 Jan 2017 UAE 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE's government has announced its annual list of expected non-working public holidays in the UAE for the calendar year 2017.  21 Dec 2016 UAE New Year 2017 Public Holiday (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE's Federal Authority for Human Resources has issued a circular stating that the upcoming annual public sector holiday in the UAE for the upcoming Western New Year 2017 non-working public holidays in the UAE would be Sunday, January 1, 2017.  07 Dec 2016 UAE Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday December 12 (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE's Federal Authority for Human Resources has issued a circular stating that the upcoming annual public sector holiday in the UAE for the Milad Al Nabi (Prophet's Birthday) had been declared for Sunday, December 11, 2016.  17 Nov 2016 UAE 2016 National Day Public Holidays Announced (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE's Minister of Labour, and the UAE's Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, have each in turn, announced the dates of the upcoming annual Martyrs' Day and National Day non-working public holidays in the UAE, for the private sector and the public sector, as running from Thursday, December 1, until Saturday, December 3, 2016, inclusively.  26 Sep 2016 UAE Hijri New Year 1438 Public Holiday (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The Chairman of the UAE's Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAGHR) and Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser al Owais, has announced that the upcoming Hijri New Year 1438 would be on Sunday, October 2, 2016, and that, as per current legislation, the upcoming annual Al Hijri New Year non-working public holiday for the public sector of the UAE would be not need to be moved to adjoin the following weekend, as was done last year.  04 Sep 2016 UAE 2016 Eid Al Adha Public Holidays (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE Federal Government, through its respective ministries, has announced the dates of the annual upcoming 2016 Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holidays, as usual in separate announcements for the public sector and the private sector of the UAE.  01 Jul 2016 UAE 2016 Eid-al-Fitr Bank Holidays (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The Central Bank of the UAE has, in turn, announced the dates of the upcoming 2016 Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working bank holidays in the UAE for all banks in the UAE.  28 Jun 2016 UAE 2016 Eid-al-Fitr Public Holidays Finalized (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE Ministry of Labour has, in turn, announced the dates of the upcoming 2016 Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holidays in the UAE for the UAE private sector.  27 Jun 2016 UAE 2016 Eid-al-Fitr Public Holidays (Emirates News Agency-WAM) The UAE Government's Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the dates of the upcoming Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holidays for the UAE's Ministries and Federal entities (the public sector), beginning on Ramadan 28, 1437 AH.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the UAE public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Workweek: The UAE introduced a five-day government working week in 1998, but left the private sector to make its own decisions.  Weekends: Since September 2006, weekends are Fridays and Saturdays, for civil servants. In theory, the change is optional for private sector companies.  UAE International Codes AE and ARE (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ae (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of UAE information and news: Central Bank of United Arab Emirates (UAE central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (UAE maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in UAE), and Wikipedia (includes UAE commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in UAE, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in UAE that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for UAE were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2020 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for UAE, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of UAE, before planning any trip to UAE. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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