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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

Eid Al Adha is almost over - so when is the UAE's next public holiday?

The next day off will be in just three weeks' time for Hijri New Year

Residents kite surf in Jumeirah. Satish Kumar / The National
Residents kite surf in Jumeirah. Satish Kumar / The National

As we approach the end of the Eid Al Adha break, you are probably thinking the same thing everyone else is thinking — when is the next public holiday?

We do not have to wait too long, because public sector workers will receive a holiday on Thursday, September 13 for the Al Hijri New Year.

Al Hijri New Year is itself expected to fall on Tuesday September 11 and run into Wednesday, which will be normal working days.

From then we have to wait until November, which marks the start of the busiest holiday season in the UAE.

The first holiday, which will last for one day, will be around November 19 for the Prophet's Birthday, but the exact date will be confirmed closer to the time.

After that, Commemoration Day will be held on Friday, November 30, which — since 2015 — has been a day of honouring Emiratis who died in the line of duty.

National Day, which will celebrate the 47th anniversary of the unification of the Emirates, is next and will be celebrated on Sunday, December 2, providing a long weekend for both the public and private sector.

Public sector employees will likely receive an additional day off on December 3, but the official dates will be announced closer to the time.

After National Day, the new year will be marked with a day off on January 1, which is always a holiday in the UAE.

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