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Dubai public holidays in 2024

The public holidays in the United Arab Emirates for 2024 have been announced by the country’s government. Although the list of public holidays has been set in November 2023, exact dates of certain public holidays have yet to be confirmed. This is because, the beginning and end of Ramadan are determined at specific moon phases. The moon phases may vary, causing actual dates to differ from estimated dates. The exact dates may differ by up to 2 to 3 days from the initial estimate.

Official dates Dubai public holidays in 2024

Dubai has a few public holidays each year. On public holidays in the United Arab Emirates, staff in the private and public sectors are off work. Below we have listed all public holidays in Dubai for you. The dates in brackets are the dates of the holiday according to the
Islamic calendar.

April 8 to 12, 2024 (Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3): Eid Al-Fitr
June 15, 2024 (Dhu Al Hijjah 9): the day of Arafah
June 16 to June 18, 2024 (Dhu Al Hijjah 10 to 12): Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
July 7, 2024 (Muharram 1): Islamic New Year
September 15, 2024 (Rabi’ Al-Awwal 12): birthday of Prophet Muhammad
December 2, 2024: UAE National Day
December 3, 2024: National Day holiday

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New Year’s Day

The new year 2024 starts with a long weekend, New Year’s Day will be celebrated on Monday, January 1, 2024. Because December 30 and 31 fall on a Saturday and Sunday, this creates a long weekend during which staff in the private and public sectors have three days off.

Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3: Eid Al-Fitr (Eid Al-Fitr)

The fasting month of Ramadan always starts and ends on the first day of a new lunar month. Ramadan is expected to start in 2024 on March 11 to April 10. Eid Al-Fitr falls on Wednesday, April 10, according to the latest predictions. As mentioned earlier, these dates can still change due to the moon phases.

Dhu Al Hijjah 9 (The Day of Arafah)

The day of Arafah, also called Arafat day or the day of Arafa, falls on the ninth day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah. In 2024, the day of Arafah falls on Thursday, June 15.

The day of Arafah is an important day for the Islamic pilgrimage, the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). The pilgrims on this day wear their white Ihraam clothes and stay on the Plain of Arafat from noon until after sunset.

Dhu Al Hijjah 10 to 12: Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

Eid Al-Adha is the festival of sacrifice, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. The Feast of Sacrifice falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah and is celebrated every year for three days in a row to conclude the month when Muslims go on Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) as pilgrims. On this day, Muslims ritually sacrifice an animal, usually a goat, lamb or sheep. In 2024, Eid Al-Adha starts on Sunday, June 16 to Tuesday, June 18.

Muharram 1 (Islamic New Year)

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Muharram is one of the 4 holy months of the Islamic calendar in which fighting (including war and cruelty) is prohibited. In 2024, Muharram 1 will fall on Sunday, July 7

Rabi’ Al-Awwal 12 (birthday of Prophet Muhammad)

Rabi’ Al-Awwal 12 is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and is celebrated on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ Al-Awwal. In 2024, this day falls on Sunday, September 15.

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