By Staff writer
Dates are indicative only and should not be considered as official announcement, says abudhabi.ae
UAE residents are likely to get at least 14 days of holidays in 2017, according to the list published by the Abu Dhabi government.
Federal ministries, public departments and institutions will be closed during the public holidays.
The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar which is based on the phases of the moon, the abudhabi.ae – the e-government portal - said.
“Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon,” it added.
However, Abudhabi.ae clarifies the dates are indicative dates only and should not be considered as an official announcement as public holidays are announced by official authorities, once confirmed.
While January 1 (Sunday) was the first public and private sector holiday, the second holiday falls on April 24 (Monday), which Israa and Miaraj Night [Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Ascension].
The Holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on May 27 (Saturday), while the three-day “Eid Al Fitr” (end of Ramadan) holiday will commence on June 25 (Sunday).
Residents will have another three-day break as “Eid Al Adha” is expected to fall September 1 (Friday).
The list also cites two-day holiday on the occasion of the UAE National Day falling December 2 and 3 (Sunday and Monday).
Public Holidays in 2016
*Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from date given.
The article is not geared towards private sector employees. They get only 11 public holidays every year (Eid is only 2 days off for private sector). Of the 11 days this year (2017) 5 days fall on Friday or Saturday and 1 day has 2 holidays (Commemoration Day and Prophet Mohammed's Birthday) so technically private sector only has 6 public holidays this year which makes it one of the worst years in recent history for holidays unless the govt moves some days around.