UAE Announces New Year Holiday for Public, Private Sector

In most parts of the world, the start of the New Year which traditionally falls on January 1st in modern-day calendar marks the very first of all the national holidays observed throughout the year.

That being said, the government oftentimes distinguish what is considered a public holiday for the public and private sector, because this will dictate the rate of pay which companies must give their employees if they are required to work on the specified date/s.

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New Year Holiday Announced for Public, Private Sector

Recently, the government had announced that January 1, 2019, Tuesday, will be a public holiday for both the public and private sectors to mark the New Year, according to a circular issued by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, as shared in a report by Work is to resume on the following day.

With the entry of the New Year, the UAE completes its observance of the Year of Zayed and prepares to welcome 2019 dubbed as the “Year of Tolerance” as announced by the President, HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The incoming year, as per the His Highness, shall highlight the importance of peace and co-existence, which has been what the UAE has embodied for many decades, citing its openness and consideration of the hundreds and thousands of expats co-existing in the country.

In the same announcement, Al Hamli extended his warm congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, citizens and residents, on the upcoming occasion.

For those who shall be required to work on this public holiday, remember that as per UAE law, you are lawfully entitled to receive a holiday pay.