When it comes to holidays, it’s always best to plan well in advance and not end up forking out a fortune in a last-minute panic.
Here in the UAE, public holidays are often changeable and exact dates depend on the phases of the moon.
But there are a couple of long weekends in 2018 you can be confident of.
Arafat Day, Eid Al Adha – likely August 21-22.
Arafat Day falls around 70 days after Ramadan ends and marks the second day of haj or pilgrimage. This year it is expected to fall on a Tuesday.
It is followed by Eid Al Adha, also known as the Sacrifice Feast, the next day.
Combined, it could mean three days of holidays, followed by the weekend.
This could be popular with families looking for a short getaway.
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Commemoration Day, UAE National Day – November 30, December 2
Commemoration Day is marked on November 30 every year as the UAE remembers those who have given their lives in service to the country. This year it falls on a Friday.
Two days later, on the Sunday, the country will celebrate UAE National Day.
Celebrated annually, it marks the day the seven emirates joined forces to form the United Arab Emirates in 1971, making His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan the country’s first president.
Combined, the two occasions will result in an extended weekend for many UAE workers.