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UAE Islamic New Year 1442 Public Holiday Date

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020


The UAE's The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced that public sector employees of the UAE would get a non-working public holiday on Sunday, August 23, 2020, corresponding to the date of Muharram 1, Hijri 1442, for the upcoming annual Islamic New Year public holiday in the UAE and specifies that "regular work will resume on Monday, 24th of August".

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, and in the past, the UAE has often adjusted the date of the annual Islamic New Year public holiday to adjoin a weekend (2019-08-30, 2018-09-03, 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 (2017-09-19, 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.”, as is the case in 2020.

The aforementioned announcement relates to the UAE public sector only, but, as per a 2019 announcement (2019-03-05), the number of 2020-2021 public holidays enjoyed by the UAE private sector is in line with the number of public holidays enjoyed by the UAE public sector.






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