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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Prophet's birthday holiday announced for UAE private sector 

A long weekend for private and public sector workers has been announced

Families across the country will enjoy a long weekend when the country marks the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. EPA
Families across the country will enjoy a long weekend when the country marks the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. EPA

Workers across the UAE will have a three-day weekend to celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birthday.

Sunday, November 18, will be a paid public holiday for private sector workers and all government staff, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Work will resume on Monday, November 19.

The holiday was expected to fall on November 20, but was moved to allow workers a longer weekend instead of a midweek break.

Nasser Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, congratulated the country's rulers, its people and residents on the occasion.

The Prophet's birthday is the next in a busy calendar of important dates in the country.

Commemoration Day, also known as Martyrs' Day, will be marked on Friday, November 30.

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It was first decreed as an annual public holiday in 2015 by President Sheikh Khalifa.

It is an occasion to honour the Emiratis who died while serving their country.

Since November 30 falls on a Friday, it is unlikely it will be announced as a holiday.

National Day on December 2 this year marks the 47th anniversary of the unification of the Emirates.

The date falls on a Sunday, and will be a long weekend for the public and private sector.