1.January 1 –(FRIDAY)- New Year’s Day
In 2016, New Year’s Day falls on a Friday, so it is unlikely that an additional day off work will be granted.
2.May 5 – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj – (THURSDAY)-Ascension Day
In 2016, as far as the Gregorian calendar is concerned, the holiday falls on Thursday May 5. UAE workers can expect a long weekend.
3.July 6 – (WEDNESDAY)-Eid Al Fitr
The holiday is a celebration which marks the end of Ramadan (which is forecast to begin on June 6). It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah.
4.September 11 -(SUNDAY) – Arafat Day
Arafat Day is the second day of the annual haj (or pilgrimage). The holiday takes place the day before the start of Eid Al Adha. At dawn, Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat and a plain called the Plain of Arafat.
5.September 12 -(MONDAY)– Eid Al Adha
It is also called the Festival of Sacrifice. The holiday honours Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah.In 2016, Eid Al Adha is forecast to begin on Monday, September 12. Usually lasting for three days, including Arafat Day, it is very likely that some workers will get the entire week off.
6.October 2-(SUNDAY) – Al Hijri – Islamic New Year
Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Expected to fall on Sunday October 2 in 2016, it is likely that workers in the UAE will enjoy a long weekend.
7.November 30-(WEDNESDAY) – Commemoration Day
Also known as ‘Martyr’s Day’ . It is a new public holiday and is fixed on November 30. The day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2015 to honour Emiratis who have died for their country.
8.December 2 -(FRIDAY)– UAE National Day
The UAE’s National Day is fixed on December 2 each year. Although the UAE – or Trucial States as it was until 1971 – was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the Trucial States.2016 will be the UAE’s 45th birthday.
9.December 12-(MONDAY)– Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday
The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.
In 2016, December 12 is forecast to fall on Monday. A day off work is granted, but it could be moved to Sunday to create a long weekend.