Depending on the occasion, holidays in the UAE are either a time of festivities or solemn reflection.
Public holidays and dates of note
From the painted cars and street parades of National Day to the religious reflection of the holy month of Ramadan, it is easy for newcomers to the country to get caught up in the spirit of events.
Public holidays and festivals of note in the UAE and on the Islamic calendar are listed below. For information on each date or period, click on the relevant link in this section.
New Year's Day January 1
Mouloud (the birth of the Prophet) February 26
Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet) June 28, 2011 (approx)
Ramadan August 1 to August 30, 2011 (approx)
Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 31, 2011 (approx)
Haj Expected to start between November 14 and 18 in 2010
Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) Expected start dates are November 17, 2010 and November 7, 2011.
National Day December 2
Al Hijra (Islamic New Year) Expected around December 7, 2010 and November 26, 2011.