UAE Announces Public Holidays for 2019 and 2020

Time to update your calendars and planners! The UAE Cabinet has announced the public holidays for 2019 and 2020, and they apply to both the public and private sectors!

You heard that right! For this year and the next, the private sector will have the same number of holidays as the public sector — a total of 14 of official public holidays, to be exact! Through this decision, the UAE Cabinet seeks to enhance the attractiveness of the private sector, streamline work for both sectors, and enhance the balance between the two.

UAE Announces Public Holidays for 2019 and 2020 1

Equal Holidays for Public and Private Sectors

Aside from streamlining the public and private sectors, the UAE Cabinet’s decision also makes it easier for everyone to plan their vacations, WAM News Agency reported. As a result, this could lead to stronger ties between citizens and residents of the country.

For 2019, the official holidays for the public and private sectors are:

  • Eid Al Fitr (29 Ramadan – 3 Shawwal)
  • Arafah Day (9 Dhu al Hijjah)
  • Eid Al Adha (10-12 Dhu al Hijjah)
  • Hijri New Year (1 Muharram 1441)
  • Commemoration Day (1 December)
  • National Day (2 – 3 December)

Meanwhile, the following official holidays are set for 2020:

  • New Year (1 January 2020)
  • Eid Al Fitr (29 Ramadan – 3 Shawwal)
  • Arafah Day (9 Dhu al Hijjah)
  • Eid Al Adha (10-12 Dhu al Hijjah)
  • Hijri New Year (23 August)
  • Commemoration Day (1 December)
  • National Day (2 – 3 December)

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Indeed, knowing these official public holidays makes it easier for all of us to plan our vacations in advance! Whether you are planning to travel out of the country or explore the 7 emirates of the UAE, this list of holidays definitely comes in handy! Awesome!!!


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