Public Holiday in UAE 2019

Public holidays are always a sigh of relief for two reasons, one being that they are pre-announced and everyone plans their outings accordingly, and the second brings that they are known for certain and no office body changes the dates or expects its employees to be doing their job on these specific days. There are a couple of public holidays available in the UAE and here is a list of the public holidays in UAE for 2019.

Since UAE is an Islamic state, most of the public holidays are concerning the Muslims. However, it must be kept in mind that Muslims follow an Islamic calendar that depends on the sighting of the moon and its phases; therefore the dates might change a little. 

Eid ul Fitr

Perhaps the most anticipated and common one, Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the month of fasting for Muslims around the world and is a celebration of discipline, worship, and perseverance Muslims observe throughout the month of Ramadan. Eid Ul Fitr for 2019 is expected to be between 3rd June 2019 or 4th June 2019 (depending on moon sighting) and continuing till 6th or 7th June 2019. The dates are mostly confirmed near the end of the month of Ramadan. 

Day of Arafat

Another very important event in the Muslim calendar, associated with the pillar of Islam called Hajj (pilgrimage). The day of Arafat takes place a day before the initiation of Eid ul Adha and is the second day of Hajj. It is of great significance for Muslims around the world. The Muslims present in Makkah performing the Hajj move away from Mina to Mount Arafat. 

The day is expected to be on the 10th of August, 2019. 

Eid Al Adha

Eid ul Adha is expected to be on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of August in 2019. Three days of Muslims around the world commemorating the sacrifice and dedication of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and his son Hazrat Ismail (A.S). It’s a festival of sacrifice and a deep reminder and moment of introspection throughout the Muslim community. Animals are slaughtered and their meat is distributed according to the prescribed way among the needy and the relatives. 

Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year commences with the start of the Islamic month Zul-Haj. The expected date is August 31, 2019. Considering that the holiday is on a weekend, Sunday could be a possible day off but this would only be confirmed once the moon is sighted.  

Commemoration Day

Apart from the Muslim holidays, there are also a few days included in the public holidays. Commemoration day is also known as Martyr’s Day to honor Emiratis who died for their country. It is celebrated on 1st December. 

UAE National Day

Following the commemoration day, The UAE’s National Day will be celebrated on December 2 and 3 in 2019. Though UAE had never been a direct part of the British Empire, it served as a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1, 1971. 

Public Holiday Complete list in UAE 2019

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