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UAE Hijri New Year 1436 Public Holiday Move Ruled-Out

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)
Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2019


The Chairman of the UAE's Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAGHR), Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, has announced that the probable dates for the upcoming annual Al Hijri New Year non-working public holidays for the private and public sectors of the UAE are on the UAE weekend and that no substitute public holiday will be granted to compensate that fact.

In the past the UAE has often adjusted the date of the annual Islamic New Year public holiday to adjoin a weekend (2013-10-29, 2011-11-24, 2010-11-28 and 2008-12-23), but this does not mean that substitute public holidays are declared when public holidays in the UAE fall on the UAE weekend, as per paragraph 6 of Article 100 of the bylaws “A public holiday shall not be subject to postponement or compensation should it occur at the same time as another public holiday or on a weekend.”.

The Cabinet decree No.21/2006 (2006-05-31) changed the weekend days in the UAE to Fridays and Saturdays instead, as of Friday September 1st, 2006.



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