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UAE Holidays 2024: List of Public Holidays

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If you’re a UAE resident, you would be happy to know that the UAE Cabinet has released the official dates for all the upcoming 2024 holidays. With four extended weekends to look forward to, below is a complete list of UAE holidays 2024 that you can plan your pending trips around. 

List of Confirmed UAE Holidays 2024

As per the country’s cabinet calendar, there will be a minimum of 13 Confirmed holidays in 2024 for all the public and private sectors, as listed below. 

New Years Day1 Jan 2024
Eid Al Fitr29 Ramadan to 3 Shawal
Arafat Day9 Dhu Al-hajj (1445AH)
Eid Al Adha10-12 Dhu Al-hajj (1445 AH)
Islamic New Year1 Muharram (1446AH)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Birthday12 Rabi al Awwal (1446 AH)
National Day2-3 Dec 2024

Note that most of these holidays are announced in the Islamic calendar. The exact Gregorian dates will be disclosed later by the cabinet, depending upon when the Moon is spotted for the Hijri Months, which can be either 29 or 30 days long. 

For those who don’t know, the majority of holidays for Muslim festivals in UAE are timed according to the particular moon phase sights, which indicate whether the new Hijri month has started or not. 

While the actual dates will be revealed only closer to the occasions, it’s possible to predict when these holidays are likely to occur with a 2-3 days window. You can have an idea about these in our estimated dates list in line with the astronomical predictions below. 

UAE Holidays 2024: Estimated Dates

1New Year's Day1 January 2024Monday
2Eid Al Fitr8 April 2024Monday
3Eid Al Fitr9 April 2024Tuesday
4Eid Al Fitr10 April 2024Wednesday
5Eid Al Fitr11 April 2024Thursday
6Eid Al Fitr12 April 2024Friday
7Arafat Day15 June 2024Saturday
8Eid Al Adha16 June 2024Sunday
9Eid Al Adha17 June 2024Monday
10Eid Al Adha18 June 2024Tuesday
11Hijri/Islamic New Year7 July 2024Sunday
12Prophet's Birthday15 September 2024Sunday
13Commemoration Day1 December 2024Sunday
14UAE National Day2 December 2024Tuesday
15UAE National Day3 December 2024Wednesday

With the above-predicted calendar, you can expect to enjoy four long weekends in 2024, one of which may include the longest break of 9 days. Let’s see how.   

New Year Holiday 2024

With the New Year holiday of 1 January on Monday, UAE citizens have already enjoyed their first long weekend of 2024, translating into a three-month break. Way to a promising 2024 start! 

Eid al Fitr Holiday 2024

The next uae holidays 2024 following the New Year will be Eid al Fitr. It is celebrated immediately after the holy month of Ramadan every year. 

As per the UAE cabinet, the Eid al Fitr holidays are confirmed to be from 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawal. Taking astronomer’s estimation into account, the 2024 Ramadan is likely to start on 11 March, Monday and if it’s true, the 29 Ramadan will be on 8 April Mon, Eid Al Fitr on 10 April, Wednesday and 3 Shawal on 12 April, Friday. 

All these combined translate into a total of 9 holidays, counting the preceding and following weekend. That means all public and private workers of the United Arab Emirates will likely have the biggest break of 2024 on Eid Al Fitr. 

Eid Al Adha Holiday 2024

The Arafat (the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage) is observed on 9 Dhul Al-Hajj, followed by Eid al Adha, which is celebrated from 10 to 12 Dhul Al-Hajj in memory of Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son to obey God’s command. 

For 2024, The astronomers predict Arafat to be on 15 June, Saturday and Eid al Adha on 16 June Sat, with two subsequent holidays on 17th June, Monday and 18th June, Tuesday. 

That totals up to 4 days-weekend, another long period to rest for all UAE workers. 

With both Eids coming with extended weekends, you’ll be getting more time to celebrate with your families, so make sure you plan in advance to make the most out of these special occasions. 

Islamic New Year Holiday 2024

The new Islamic year commences on the first of Muharram. It’s anticipated to fall on 7 July in 2024, which will be Sunday. 

Well, that’s one less working holiday you were looking for. That being said, there’s still a chance for it to follow on the next working day, so keep your fingers crossed.  

Prophet’s Birthday Holiday 2024

As per the Hijri calendar, 12 Rabi al Awwal marks the birthday of the last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which is projected to be on Sunday, 15 September. Whether it will turn into the next day’s working holiday is to be seen yet. 

National Day Holiday 2024

The last of the public UAE holidays 2024 would be the Commemoration and National Day holidays, which will be observed on 1 Dec and 2-3 Dec. As per predictions, 1 December is likely to be on Sunday in 2024, with 2 and 3 December being on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.  

It means there will be a four-day long weekend for public and private workers towards the end of the year, too. 

Note: Keep in mind that the above UAE holidays 2024 dates are approximations only, which may change later as per official announcements of holidays by the UAE government in response to Moon observations. We’ll keep our guide updated, so make sure you check back regularly. 

Saleema Ramziyah
Saleema Ramziyah
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