When are the public holidays in Abu Dhabi in 2019?

Dates for Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, New Year and more announced by the UAE government

When are the public holidays in Abu Dhabi in 2019?

As we approach Ramadan here in Abu Dhabi you're probably wondering when the next public holidays are.

And while there are variables (such as moon sightings) that could change dates, below are the planned holidays for the year.

The UAE government tweeted a graphic showing the dates for 2019 and 2020, along with a message saying that private sector workers would be entitled to the same dates off as puiblic sector (we hope someone has told our bosses...). 

While the tweet isn't totally clear, it does seem to show that there will be four days off for Eid al-Adha, one for Islamic New Year, one for Commemoration Day and two for UAE national Day. 

The important dates in the country's calendar are often a cause for celebration or reflection, and it's good to be aware of when they are coming up.

Whether it's so you can book a short getaway or plan how you will spend some quality time with your loved ones, public holidays give us all a much-needed break.

Ramadan is expected to start on May 6, with Eid Al-Fitr expected on Wednesday June 5.

Meanwhile, the government suggests the dates for the Eid Al-Adha holidays will be between August 9 and 12.

That means Hijri New Year's Day is likely to take place on Sunday September 1 this year. 

Many of the UAE's public holidays are Islamic celebrations, which are dictated by moon sightings, so the below list is subject to change.

But here's a provisional list of the country's public holidays for 2019 so you know what to look out for.

Monday May 6: Start of Ramadan
Wednesday June 5: Eid Al-Fitr
Friday August 9-Monday August 12: Arafat Day and Eid Al-Adha
Sunday September 1: Hijri (Islamic New Year)
Sunday December 1: UAE Commemoration Day
Monday December 2- Tuesday December 3: UAE National Day

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