With the UAE National Day celebrations coming up, we are sure that everyone — public and private sector workers included — is looking forward to the long holiday weekend! Speaking of holidays, now would be a good time to take a look at next year’s holidays, don’t you think? This helps you plan your vacations or if you have plans to travel outside the UAE, you can definitely plan ahead of time.
In today’s article, we present the UAE public holidays for 2019. 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.
2019 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:
- New Year’s Day – Tuesday, 1st January
- As Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Ascension Day) – Wednesday, 3rd April
- Beginning of Ramadan – Monday, 6th May*
- Eid Al Fitr – Wednesday, 5th June*
- Arafat (Haj) Day – Sunday, 11th August*
- Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) – Monday, 12th August*
- Al Hijri (Islamic New Year) – Sunday, 1st September*
- Birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) – Sunday, 10th November*
- Commemoration Day – Saturday, 30th November
- UAE National Day – Monday, 2nd December
NOTE: Dates with an asterisk (*) 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).
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.
However, those who will be working 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.
With just about one month to go before 2018 ends, it is always good to be prepared for next year’s holidays. And by keeping the above dates in mind, we can actually start making travel plans — and setting vacation leaves — as early as today!