UAE announces public holidays for 2018

April 13 will mark the Israa and Miaraj night, while Eid Al Fitr is expected to take place on June 14
In an official release, the UAE has revealed public holidays for the year 2018, as well as Islamic occasions such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, using the Hijri Calendar.
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 02 Jan 2018 09:46 AM

In an official release, the UAE has revealed public holidays for the year 2018, as well as Islamic occasions such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, using the Hijri Calendar.

While exact dates of Islamic events vary each year, they depend on local sightings of the moon.

Federal ministries, public departments and institutions are closed during public holidays.

Some of the occasions announced include the Israa and Miaraj night, taking place on April 13, and the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, expected on May 16. Office hours during Ramadan are reduced by two hours daily.

The end of the month is marked by the three-day Eid Al Fitr, expected to take place on June 14.

Hajj season starts on August 12, while Arafat day will likely occur on August 20, followed by Eid Al Adha on August 21, depending on moon sightings.

The Hijri New Year’s Day is predicted to be September 11, while Prophet Mohammed’s birthday is November 19.

The UAE’s President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gave orders since 2015 that November 30 will be observed as the 'Martyr's Day' every year, in memory of and in tribute to the sacrifices offered by the nation's martyrs.

As for December 2 of each year, the country celebrates the UAE National Day, when the seven emirates united as one.

The above dates are not confirmed, and are only set by official authorities closer to date, once definite.

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