Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 July 2019

Omanis flock to the UAE to celebrate Al Isra Wa Al Miraj

Long queues of traffic formed as holiday-goers made their way to the UAE

Traffic was brought to a standstill at the border between the UAE and Omani as Omanis kicked off celebrations for the Al Isra Wa Al Miraj holiday.

A two-day public break, from April 3 to April 4, was announced in Oman last week to mark the Islamic holiday, which celebrates the night the Prophet ascended to Heaven.

Photos and videos flooded the internet showing huge numbers of vehicles heading to UAE-Oman border crossing in Al Ain through Al Buraimi town in Oman causing traffic congestions on Wednesday.

UAE residents welcomed the Omanis visitors on social media and wished them happy holidays.

In January, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) teamed up with Mwasalat, Oman's national transport company, to launch three daily bus trips from Dubai.

There is no public holiday in the UAE for Al Isra Wa Al Miraj this year or in 2020.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, on Monday, extended its greetings on the Islamic occasion and issued a reminder on Twitter that Al Isra Wa Al Miraj is not a paid holiday this year.

Updated: April 4, 2019 06:44 PM