UAE Public Holidays 2017: The Year Of Long Weekends

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.