We are back at work after the last long weekend of 2016, and New Year is just round the corner. And what better way to start the New Year than with a holiday.
January 1, 2017, falls on a Sunday, so the UAE will start the next year with a three-day weekend.
Throughout the rest of the year, there are five long weekends, so there’s plenty of time for everyone to pack their bags and head to those mini-vacations.
After January 1, the next holiday will be the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, scheduled to fall on May 25, 2017, a Thursday. This is subject to moon sighting.
The month after will see another long weekend, with Eid Al Fitr falling on June 25, 2017, a Sunday, again subject to sighting of the moon.
Two months later, on August 31, 2017, will be Arafat (Haj) Day, which falls on a Thursday.
The following month, on September 21, 2017, a Thursday, will be the Hijri New Year’s Day, subject to moon sighting.
Commemoration Day, which is observed on November 30, 2017, will also fall on a Thursday.
The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday is likely to fall on the same day, subject to moon sighting.
EXTRA: December 31, 2017, will fall on a Sunday, and January 1, 2018, is a Monday. So if you take the Sunday off, you can enjoy a four-day-long weekend.