The UAE government has decided to grant the private sector the same number of holidays as the public sector. Here is all you need to know about the changes in your public holidays.

If you are counting down the days to your next holiday, you are not alone. Taking a break from constantly working is important to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Apart from your entitled annual leaves, the UAE cabinet grants a number of public holidays for its residents as well. The UAE government recently made a move to unify public holidays for the private and public sectors to enhance the balance between the two sectors and support the national economy. This decision also aims to encourage more Emiratis to work in the private sector.

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Here is the updated list of public holidays for the years 2019 and 2020 in the UAE applicable to both

private and public sectors:

  • Eid Al Fitr: From the last day of the month of Ramadan to the 3 rd of Shawwal (4 days)
  • Arafah day: 9th of Dhu Al Hijjah (1 day)
  • Eid Al Adha: 10th, 11th and 12th of Dhu Al Hijjah (3 days)
  • Hijri New Year: 1 st of Muharram
  • Commemoration Day: 1 st December (Earlier it was on the 30 th December)
  • UAE National Day: 2nd and 3rd December (2 days)
  • Gregorian New Year: 1 st of January

So, if you are working in the private or public sector, and plan to take a trip to an exotic location or just take a break by exploring the local sights of the United Arab Emirates, you can now plan your vacations well in advance.