© Provided by Khaleej Times UAE public holidays for 2018 announced
The Abu Dhabi government has announced the list of public holidays for 2018.
A statement issued on the government portal, earlier this week, said:
“The following list shows the public holidays in the UAE for the year 2018. The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has given orders that the November 30 every year will be observed as ‘Martyr’s Day’ and a public holiday in memory of and in tribute to the sacrifices offered by the nation’s martyrs and its loyal people.
On December 2, the UAE National Day is accompanied by a series of events and programmes lasting several days.”
“The below dates are tentative dates* only – subject to moon sighting – and should not be considered as an official announcement; public holidays are announced, by official authorities, once confirmed,” the statement added:Name of the holidayDate in Hijri calendarDate in Gregorian calendarHoliday durationNew Year January 1 20181Ramadan expected to begin*1 Ramadan 1439May 16 2018-Eid Al Fitr*1 Shawwal 1439June 14 20183Haj season*1 Zul Hijjah 1439August 12 2018-Arafat Day*9 Zul Hijjah 1439August 20 20181Eid Al Adha*10 Zul Hijjah 1439August 21 20183Hijri New Year Day*1 Muharram 1440September 11 20181Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s birthday*12 Rabi ul Awwal 1440November 19 20181Martyr’s Day November 30 20181UAE National Day December 2 and 3 20182
Earlier this year, a list of holidays was also issued by Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai – which also included all religious holidays for the new year.
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