Public holiday for Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj

But private sector workers won't get an extra day off

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Private sector workers won't get an extra day off in honour of Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj this weekend.

The Islamic holiday falls on a Saturday this year and many workers had wondered if they would get a day off on Thursday or Sunday instead.

But the government has been telling companies that will not be the case this year.

There had been a degree of uncertainty as many of the UAE public holidays are dependent on the phases of the moon.

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Abu Dhabi will mark the holiday with a dry day, however.

Restaurants and bars in the capital will only be serving soft drinks from 6pm on Friday April 13 until 7pm on Saturday April 14.

You can find a full list of the UAE’s public holidays with our guide here.

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