UAE public and private holidays 2023

Are you a resident of the UAE? If yes, you should keep an eye on the important public and private holidays in UAE. Usually, businesses are closed on public and private holidays in UAE. Therefore, it’s super important to note when you will encounter these holidays in the coming years.

Also, the students love holidays and they long for them the whole year. Your recreation plans also need some holidays for execution. Whatever the reason you are finding UAE public and private holidays 2023, this article is going to assist you for sure.

Public and Private Holidays in UAE 2023

The following are the important public holidays in UAE. As the name suggests, these holidays are officially for the public, so businesses and institutions are surely closed during these holidays. 

If you are in a hurry, here is a quick overview of all the holidays for you in table form. The table contains the list of holidays, along with the dates and days to give you a complete package of information. Read this informational table and add some more to your knowledge about UAE public and private holidays in 2023!

Dates HolidaysDays
1st JanuaryNew Year holidaySunday
20th -23rd AprilEid-al-Fitr holidayThursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
27th JuneArafat Day (Hajj)Tuesday
28th – 30th JuneEid al-AdhaWednesday, Thursday, and Friday
19th JulyIslamic New Year or Al HijraWednesday
27th SeptemberBirthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)Wednesday
1st DecemberCommemoration DayFriday
2nd DecemberNational DaySaturday
3rd DecemberNational Day HolidaySunday
  • New Year holiday on 1st January

The first holiday of the year comes right with the beginning of the year. It’s the new year holiday which is of course on 1st January. However, This new year holiday will fall on Sunday in 2023. 

The New year is celebrated as a festival in UAE. People go for fireworks and celebrate the day with full zeal and zest. This holiday is all about having a fun-filled start to the coming year.

  • Eid al-Fitr holidays are expected from April 20 to 23

Eid al-Fitr holidays start at the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It is the first day after the one-month fasting period for Muslims ends. 

The days falling on these dates are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It means a long four-day weekend will be there for you to enjoy in 2023.

Ramadan is the holy month of Muslims and Eid al-Fitr is the celebration of the completion of Ramadan. Muslims celebrate these holidays by offering Eid prayers in the morning and then enjoying the Eid gatherings.

  • Arafat Day holiday on 27th June

Next on the list of UAE public holidays for 2023 is the Arafat Day holiday. Arafat is the second day of Hajj which lasts a week. This holiday is expected to fall on June 27th which is Tuesday.

  • Eid al-Adha holidays on 28th – 30th June

The Eid al-Adha holidays start right after Arafat Day. The three days of Eid-al Adha hold great significance in Muslim Calendar as it is called the Feast of sacrifice. These holidays are expected on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of June. 

The days are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It means you will encounter four consecutive public holidays from Wednesday to Friday. And these are followed by the weekend holidays on July 1 and 2.  Isn’t it an amazing opportunity to execute your big holiday plans? Yeah!

Note that the exact dates of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha depend on moon sightings. Therefore, these expected dates may be subject to change in the future.

  • Islamic New Year holiday on 19th July

Again a new year holiday is in line but this time, the Islamic New Year. It will be on the 19th of July. This holiday is celebrated on the first day of Muharram which is the first month of the lunar calendar of Muslims. 

  • Prophet Muhammad’ Birthday holiday on 27th September

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th of the Islamic month Rabi-ul-Awal. The date is 27th September which will be a public holiday in UAE. 

For your kind information, it will be Wednesday on 27th of September. This holiday is followed by Sunday which means back-to-back two holidays in line for you. 

  • Commemoration and National Day holidays from 1st to 3rd December

Then starts December, the last month of the year, which concludes the holidays of the year. The 1st of December is Commemoration Day. Then comes the national Day holidays that are held on the 2nd and 3rd of December. 

And it all sums up the public and private holidays in UAE!


Seems like you are now pretty aware of the public and private holidays in UAE 2023, right? You get many public holidays in UAE throughout the year. From religious to cultural and national holidays, the UAE calendar includes a good number of holidays in its official calendar.

What are your plans for the holidays? Let us know below in the comments section! Happy holidays!

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