UAE: Hijri New Year likely to fall between August 9 and 10

The UAE’s public and private sectors will enjoy the next official holiday in August on the eve of the Islamic New Year — also called the Hijri New Year or Arabic New Year.

Unlike the Gregorian New Year, which is based on the solar system, the Islamic New Year is based on the lunar system. And Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar.

According to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, the Islamic New Year is expected on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. But if the current month of Zul Hijjah lasts 29 days, then the Islamic New Year holiday will be marked on Monday, August 9.

The date is subject to the sighting of the moon.


Khaleej Times
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