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Monday, 6 February 2017

UAE holidays in 2017: The year of long weekends

And what better way to start the New Year than with a holiday.

January 1, 2017 falls on a Sunday, so UAE will start the next year with a three-day weekend.

Throughout the rest of the year there are five long weekends, so there's plenty of time of everyone to pack their bags and head to those mini-vacations.

After January 1, the next holiday will be the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, scheduled to fall on May 25, a Thursday, subject to moon sighting.

The next month will see another long weekend, with Eid Al Fitr falling on June 25, a Sunday, again subject to sighting of the moon.

Two months later, on August 31, will be Arafat (Haj) Day, which falls on a Thursday.

The following month, on September 21, a Thursday, will be the Hijri New Year's Day, subject to moon sighting.

Commemoration Day, which is observed on November 30, will also fall on a Thursday. Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (PBUH) is likely to fall on the same day, subject to moon sighting.

Bonus: December 31, 2017 will fall on a Sunday, and January 1, 2018 is a Monday. So if you take the Sunday off, you can enjoy a four-day-long weekend.

Here's the list of UAE's expected public holidays in 2017:

Occasion
Date
Day
Duration (No. of Days)
New Year's Day
Jan 1
Sunday
1
April 24
Monday
1
Beginning of Ramadan*
May 25
Thursday
0
Eid Al Fitr*
Jun 25
Sunday
2
Arafat (Haj) Day*
Aug 31
Thursday
1
Eid Al Adha*
Sept 1
Friday
2
Hijri New Year's Day*
Sept 21
Thursday
1
Commemoration Day
Nov 30
Thursday
1
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday* (PBUH)
Nov 30
Thursday
1
UAE National Day
Dec 02
Friday
1
*Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from the date given.



(Source: Khaleej Times)

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