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UAE 2021 Prophet’s Birthday Public Holidays

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)
Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2021

The UAE's Authority for Government Human Resources has announced that the upcoming public sector holiday for federal government employees in the UAE on account of the Milad Al Nabi (Prophet's Birthday) would be observed on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

In a separate statement, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation also announced that Thursday, October 21, 2021, would be a paid public holiday "for all workers in private sector companies, establishments and facilities in the country".

Late last year, the UAE government cabinet announced the list of national public holidays for both the public and private sector for the calendar years 2021 and 2022 (2020-12-19), in a manner similar to the announcement of public holidays in the UAE for both calendar years 2019 and 2020 (2019-03-05), a couple of years ago, later amended with the addition of a public holiday for the Prophet's Birthday (2019-09-08).

That initial announcement, in late 2019, brought the number of public holidays enjoyed by the UAE private sector in line with the number of public holidays enjoyed by the UAE public sector, as well as canceling the UAE public holiday for the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Before that, the UAE government announced public holidays in a piecemeal manner, one year at the time (2018-01-08, 2017-01-03, 2015-12-26, 2015-01-04, 2014-01-07 and 2012-12-29).

As weekends in the UAE were changed for Thursday/Friday to Friday/Saturday, almost 15 years ago (2006-08-15 and 2006-05-31), the aforementioned announcement goes on to state that "work will resume on Sunday (Oct.24)".

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