UAE: Nine-Day Holiday Weekend Expected in 2024

UAE residents who are already planning their annual leave for next year can look forward to an extended break during the first half of 2024 on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr. Based on astronomical calculations, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday, March 11, 2024, and will likely span over 30 days, leading to Eid Al Fitr falling on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

According to the UAE government’s announcement, Eid Al Fitr holidays are granted to both public and private sector employees from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. This means that UAE employees can enjoy a break starting from Monday, April 8, until Friday, April 12.

Taking advantage of two weekends, employees will have a nine-day break from Saturday, April 6, until Sunday, April 14. The expected dates released by the Emirates Astronomy Society align with the projected dates on the Islamic Finder website.

In addition to the extended break during Eid Al Fitr, UAE residents are set to enjoy two more long weekends in the remaining months of 2023.

The first three-day break will occur during the new Hijri year from Friday, July 21, to Sunday, July 23. The second long break will take place from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1.

The last holiday of the year will mark the UAE National Day on December 2 and 3 (Saturday and Sunday). It is worth noting that the Islamic (or Hijri) calendar, unlike the Gregorian calendar, is based on moon sightings, making the dates subject to change.


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