Abu Dhabi public holidays for 2018 revealed

Holiday dates for the year ahead announced by UAE Government

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The Government has unveiled the schedule of public holidays for 2018 in Abu Dhabi – starting with New Year’s Day.

Workers will start off the New Year with a break from the office on January 1, the first of 12 public holidays throughout the calendar year.

The dates of national events – such as Ramadan – are based on phases of the moon, meaning they will vary from year to year depending on local lunar sightings.

An Abu Dhabi Government statement says: “The following list shows the public holidays in the UAE for the year 2018.

“The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon.

“Federal ministries, public departments and institutions are closed during the public holidays listed below.”

The Government has indicated that the UAE National Day holiday will take place over two days (December 2 and 3), while Ramadan will begin on May 16.

Public holidays in 2018

  • New Year, Jan 1 - One day
  • Israa & Miaraj Night*, April 13 - One day
  • Ramadan expected to begin*, May 16
  • Eid Al Fitr*, Jun 14 - Three days
  • Hajj season*, Aug 12
  • Arafat Day*, Aug 20 - One day
  • Eid Al Adha*, Aug 21 - Three days
  • Hijri New Year's Day*, Sep 11 - One day
  • Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (PBUH)*, Nov 19 - One day
  • Commemoration Day, Nov 30 - One day
  • UAE National Day, Dec 2-3 - Two days

*Islamic holiday exact dates may differ from date given.

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