List of UAE Public Holidays 2020

The list of UAE holidays in 2020 have been announced and much like 2019, the holidays for both public and private sector have been unified. This means that employees from private companies will have the same number of holidays as government employees.

Also Read: /What are the 7 Emirates of the UAE?

In today’s article, we present the UAE public holidays for 2020. This helps you plan your vacations or if you have plans to travel outside the UAE, you can definitely plan ahead of time.

Please take note that some of these dates are still subject to moon sighting, so they could still change. We should also wait for the official announcement from the UAE government as each date/event draws near.

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2020 Public Holidays in UAE

It’s good that we are aware of what are the vacations listed in the UAE to make arrangements accordingly. Be advised that if you might be working on a holiday, you should receive proper salary/remuneration as per UAE labour.

Without further ado, here are the UAE public holidays in the coming year:

List of Public Holidays in 2020

  • New Year – January 1
  • Ramadan – April 24 
  • Eid Al Fitr – May 23 (Ramadan 29 – Shawwal 3)
  • Arafat Day – July 30 (Zul Hijjah 9)
  • Eid Al Adha – July 31 (Zul Hijjah 10-12)
  • Hijri New Year – Muharram 1
  • Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – Rabeaa Al Awal 12
  • Commemoration Day – November 30
  • UAE National Day – December 2 & 3

NOTE: Dates above are still subject to change, depending on the sighting of the moon. Also, there may be holidays wherein the dates will be moved depending on the announcement by the UAE government. So please take note of that — this usually happens when the holiday falls a day before or after weekends (UAE may change the date to have more longer weekends).

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Image: UAE Government Communications Office

Working During a Holiday in UAE

Those who are working in offices and government entities would usually get the day off during holidays. Other employees of private companies may have to report to their jobs to continue their business operations. Some of these employees are in the Retail industry or Restaurant industry.

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plan your leaves and vacations accordingly

However, those who will be working during holidays should be aware that you should get proper holiday pay (normally double-pay) when you work during these dates. Ramadan season is not included as duty hours during Ramadan is usually lessened. Do verify with the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MOHRE) or formerly known as Ministry of Labour for proper updates on this guideline.

Easy-Visa Travel Destinations Outside UAE with Less than 5 Hours Travel Time

In case you are wondering what are the nearest countries that have less than 5 hours of travel time and visa-processing is quite relaxed, easy, and sometimes visa-free, you can definitely travel to these destinations for a quick vacation and maximize the holidays.

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12 Visa Free and Easy Visa Processing Countries to Travel for Pinoys in UAE (Under 5 hours):

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Georgia
  3. Turkey
  4. India
  5. Maldives
  6. Nepal
  7. Oman
  8. Seychelles
  9. Kyrgyzstan
  10. Jordan
  11. Armenia
  12. Kenya

It is always good to be prepared for next holiday dates. And by keeping the above dates in mind, we can actually start making travel plans — and setting vacation leaves — as early as today!


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