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The UAE's Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Saqr Ghobash, has announced that the upcoming Hijri New Year 1439 would be on Thursday, September 21, 2017, and that, as per current legislation, the upcoming annual Al Hijri Islamic 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.
In the past the UAE has often adjusted the date of the annual Islamic New Year public holiday to adjoin a weekend (2015-10-11, 2013-10-29, 2011-11-24, 2010-11-28 and 2008-12-23), but not when they fall on the UAE weekend (2016-09-26 and 2014-10-20), 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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