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UAE Hijri New Year 1443 Public Holiday August 12

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)
Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) of the UAE has issued a circular, based on the Cabinet Resolution on public holidays in the UAE, which declares Thursday, August 12, 2021, as a public holiday for the federal government to mark the Hijri new year (1443).

The declaration of Thursday, August 12, 2021, as a public holiday to mark the upcoming Hijri new year, thus creates a long weekend, as weekend days in the UAE are Fridays and Saturdays, ever since the Cabinet decree No.21/2006 (2006-05-31), which changed the weekend days in the UAE, effective Friday September 1st, 2006.

Indeed, the aforementioned announcement goes on to state that "regular work will resume on Sunday, 15th August, 2021".

In the past, the UAE 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), unless that date fell on during a weekend (2017-09-19, 2016-09-26 and 2014-10-20).

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, as was announced when the UAE government laid out its annual list of expected non-working public holidays in the UAE for the calendar years 2021 and 2022 (2020-12-19).

A later and separate announcement by the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation similarly declared Thursday, August 12, 2021, as an official paid holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE to celebrate the Islamic new year 1443.

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