In the UAE, public and private sector employees have had an extended weekend due to Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday. However, this might be the last long weekend for 2023. The next break is for UAE National Day on December 2 and 3, which is already a weekend for most people.
On December 1, there’s the UAE Commemoration Day (previously known as Martyrs’ Day), but it’s not officially a holiday in 2023. However, in the past, the UAE has given employees the day off.
The exact number of holidays will depend on announcements from the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). So, people will have to wait for official updates before making any plans.
During National Day celebrations, the UAE comes alive with fireworks, events, and festivities, making it a memorable end to the year.
For those planning a longer trip in 2024, there could be an extended break for Eid Al Fitr in the first half of the year. Ramadan is expected to start in March 2024, with Eid Al Fitr likely on April 10. The exact dates depend on the sighting of the crescent Moon, which determines the Islamic Hijri calendar. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, Islamic months can be 29 or 30 days, depending on the Moon sighting.