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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Next UAE public holiday is not too far away

Prophet Mohammed's Birthday, Commemoration Day and UAE National holiday will likely fall together

Fireworks display to celebrate Eid Al Adha at the Festival City in Dubai. Satish Kumar for The National
Fireworks display to celebrate Eid Al Adha at the Festival City in Dubai. Satish Kumar for The National

As we enjoy the long weekend of Al Hijri New Year and mark an important date in the Muslim calendar, the next national holiday is only weeks away.

Depending on the calendar and the position of the moon, there could be a four-day weekend at the end of November and into December.

Thursday, November 30, is Commemoration Day, when the country remembers the Emirati servicemen that have died in conflict, along with accidents and training.

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In recent years, residents haven’t received Commemoration Day as a holiday.

However, this year, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed might fall on the same day. His birthday is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. This depends on the Arabic calendar and moon sighting.

So, if Commemoration Day and Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, fall on the same day, then Thursday, November 30 might be declared as a holiday.

As for UAE National Day, which falls on December 2 every year - a Saturday this year - then December 3 might be granted as a holiday.

Most school calendars have marked Sunday, December 3, as a holiday - with a condition of authorities announcing the day off.

A series of major events are planned around the first weekend of December, including the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s, the National Day Parade and fireworks across the Emirates.

UAE residents might take advantage of this long weekend and plan a staycation or jet off for a break.

Better get planning.