Everything you need to know about the UAE public holiday days this year

06 Mar 2019

One word: woop

Our public holidays have officially been confirmed for 2019.

Drum roll....

The UAE government has confirmed the full list of UAE public holidays for 2019, most importantly noting that public and private sector workers will get equal days off - this year and in 2020. 

In previous years, public sector workers have been given additional days off, but this year both sectors will be given 14 days of public holiday. Hoorah!

Meanwhile, here's the list of (mainly estimated) holidays for public and private sectors in 2019:

  • Eid Al Fitr (29 Ramadan-3 Shawwal) - we won’t know until closer to the time whether this falls on Monday June 3 or Tuesday June 4.
  • Arafah Day (9 Zul Hijjah) - it falls on a Saturday.
  • Eid Al Adha (10-12 Zul Hijjah) - combined with Arafat Day, we’ll likely get Sunday through Tuesday off (hello, potential five-day weekend in August).
  • Hijri New Year (1 Muharram 1441) - we get one day off, and this is likely to fall on a Saturday.
  • Commemoration Day (1 December) - it falls on a Saturday in 2019, which means it may be combined with National Day.
  • National Day ( 2-3 December) - It falls on a Monday, so a four-day weekend is a potential.

The countdown is on.