On Tuesday, the UAE Cabinet endorsed the official public holiday calendar for the upcoming year. This encompasses both the government and private sectors, maintaining a unified list to ensure equal days off for employees across the country.
Clearly, the majority of the holidays outlined in the list are rooted in the Hijri Islamic calendar, and their corresponding Gregorian dates will be determined by moon-sighting.
Eid Al Fitr 2024 holidays
The first long weekend in the UAE in 2024 will be for Eid Al Fitr after Ramadan. It is expected that we could enjoy a noteworthy nine-day break from work. Astronomers have forecasted the commencement of Ramadan on Monday, March 11, 2024, and if this holds true, Eid Al Fitr is anticipated to fall on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
Holidays for Eid al-Fitr extend from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3 in the Islamic calendar. If Eid al-Fitr falls on April 10, then April 8 will be Ramadan 29, and April 12 will be Shawwal 3 according to the Gregorian calendar.
This implies that it’s probable for everyone to have the entire week off, from Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12. Adding the two weekends on either side, this would make a total of nine days off.
- Monday April 8
- Tuesday April 9
- Wednesday April 10
- Thursday April 11
- Friday April 12.
As the Islamic Calendar relies on lunar months, the confirmation of these dates in the Gregorian calendar, the traditional January to December system, hinges on the sighting of the moon in a specific phase. We’ll need to await confirmation from UAE officials closer to the time for these dates.
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