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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

UAE residents enjoy public holiday at Dubai's Kite Beach - in pictures

Fun-seekers made the most of the break from work on Sunday

There was sun, sand, sea and plenty of glee as the UAE went on a winter holiday on Sunday.

Workers across the emirates swapped their suits for sandals to spend a day at the beach rather than the office as the nation celebrated the Prophet Mohammed's birthday.

Dubai's Kite Beach was a popular destination for those in search of some fun in the sun.

Young and old alike lazed on loungers, took a dip in the waters and played games on a restful start to the week.

For those who spent the day hard at work, there is at least the consolation of another upcoming public holiday to look forward to.

UAE residents have been given a four-day weekend in celebration of the country's National Day at the start of next month.

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The UAE cabinet announced residents will be given December 2 and 3 as a public holiday for government and private sectors.

Work will resume on Tuesday, December 4.

It will be the last public holiday of 2018.

After the National Day weekend, January 1, 2019 will be the next public holiday.

Keep the sun cream and shades on stand-by.