So, 2018 was quite a year and, we’re glad to have moved on to what is hopefully a much better year. Now, what's better than hearing about a public holiday every now and then? Please ignore the fact that most of us have just come back from our amazing winter breaks. One can never have too many holidays; there's a life lesson for you.
We're all about self-care this year; you know like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Eat Pray Love and yoga kind of vibes. This means we also need to know when exactly we can plan our next staycation or quick weekend getaway, beacuse we're always on 'Holiday' mode here at Cosmo and if you're our kind of people, you get it too.
With that thought in mind, let's take you through all the public holidays in the UAE for this year. Bear in mind that Islamic holidays might vary slightly depending on the sighting of the moon!
April 3 (dependent on moon): Isra’a Wal Mi’raj
Falling on a Wednesday according to the Hijri calendar, Isra’a Wal Mi’raj marks the night that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascended to heaven. This would most likely get you a weekday off!
June 3 or 4 (dependent on moon) – Eid Al Fitr
A grand celebration all over the country, Eid Al Fitr is an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan (breaking of the fast). The holiday is most likely to fall on June 3 (Monday) or June 4 (Tuesday).
August 10 (dependent on moon) – Arafat Day
Arafat Day marks the second day of the yearly pilgrimage to Haj. This holiday is set to fall on a Saturday this year but can vary depending on the sighting of the moon.
August 11 (dependent on moon) – Eid Al Adha
Typically celebrated in the UAE as a 3-day long holiday, Eid Al Adha honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his own son. Combined with Arafat day that falls a day before, we can expect a 5 day long weekend in August. That’s #weekendgoals right there!
August 31 (dependent on moon) – Hijri, Islamic New Year
Islamic New Year in 2019 is most likely to fall on a Saturday this year and sadly, we would only get one day off. No long weekend for this holiday. *sobs silenty under desk*
November 9 (dependent on moon) – Milad Un Nabi
Marking Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday, this holiday is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal, which is set to fall on November 9 in 2019, subject to moon-sighting. The holiday falls on a Saturday which is the weekend so expect the following Sunday off.
November 30 – Commemoration Day
Also formerly referred to as Martyr’s Day, this holiday celebrates and honours the brave Emiratis who have died protecting the nation. Falling on a Saturday this year, the holiday might be combined with the National Day holidays.
December 2 – UAE National Day
The UAE has come a long way since 1971 and 2019 will mark the nation’s 48th birthday, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates. Falling on a Monday this year, there is a high possibility of getting a four-day weekend this time around and we cannot wait!
Now, go, get to planning!