Public Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2018 – Public Holidays 2018 List

Public Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2018 – Public Holidays 2018 List

Public Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2018

Public Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2018

The 2018 public holidays in UAE have been announced. The list is given below:

Jan 1 Monday: New Year’s Day

Apr 13 Friday: Leilat al-Meiraj (The Prophet’s Ascension)

May 16 Wednesday: Ramadan Begins

Jun 14/15* Friday: Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

Jun 14 Sunday: Eid-al-Fitr Holiday 1

Jun 15 Sunday: Eid-al-Fitr Holiday 2

Jun 21 Thursday: June Solstice

Aug 20* Tuesday: Arafat (Haj) Day

Aug 221/22* Wednesday: Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

Aug 21 Thursday: Eid-al-Adha Holiday 1

Aug 22 Friday: Eid-al-Adha Holiday 2

Sep 11* Wednesday: Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)

Sep 23 Sunday: September equinox

Nov 19 Wednesday: Mouloud (The Prophet’s Birthday)

Nov 30 Friday: Commemoration Day

Dec 2 Sunday: National Day

Dec 21 Friday: December Solstice

Dec 31 Monday: New Year’s Eve Observance

*The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

Holidays in United Arab Emirates in 2018 Details:

January 1 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is fixed on January 1 to celebrate the dawn of the new Gregorian year. The UAE joins the global party with fireworks, parades, and parties. Every year, the Burj Khalifa is the centerpiece for one of the greatest firework displays in the world.

April 13 – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj – Ascension Day

Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday, which is observed annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijri calendar. The holiday marks the night Allah took Mohammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a single night, hence the name. In 2018 the holiday falls on Friday, April 13.

June 14/15 – Eid Al Fitr

Roughly translated, Eid Al Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast”. The holiday is a celebration which marks the end of Ramadan (which is forecast to end on June 15 or 16). It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah. June 14 and 15 fall on a Thursday and Friday respectively.

August 20 – Arafat (Haj) Day

Arafat Day is the second day of the annual haj (or pilgrimage). The holiday takes place the day before the start of Eid Al Adha. At dawn, Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat and a plain called the Plain of Arafat.

In 2018 Arafat Day falls on a Monday.

August 21 – Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha translates to the “festival of sacrifice”. The holiday honours Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah. In 2018, Eid Al Adha is expected to begin on Tuesday, August 21. A two day holiday for Eid Al Adha, including a one-day holiday for Arafat Day on Tuesday, ensures a (very) long weekend in August.

September 11 – Al Hijri – Islamic New Year

Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Expected to fall on Tuesday, September 11 in 2018.

November 19 – Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.

In 2018, November 19 falls on a Tuesday.

November 30 – Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day (sometimes referred to as Martyr’s Day) is a public holiday on November 30. The day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2015 to honour Emiratis who have died for their country.

The remembrance will fall on a Friday in 2018.

December 2 – UAE National Day

The UAE’s National Day is fixed on December 2 each year. Although the UAE – or the Trucial States as it was known until 1971 – was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the Trucial States.

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