We have a few long weekends this year…
If you’re planning an outing with loved ones or making travel plans, it will be helpful to have a list of upcoming UAE public holidays.
Below is a round-up of all the UAE public holidays we can expect in 2022 but do note that while these dates are not set in stone, it will help you more or less to plan your year out.
UAE public holidays for 2022
#UAE announces holidays for public, private sector for 2021-2022.#UAE_BARQ_EN pic.twitter.com/vq7Aoy2RGQ
— UAE BARQ (@UAE_BARQ_EN) December 19, 2020
Eid Al Fitr
At the end of Ramadan, both the public and private sectors enjoy a few days off work to celebrate Eid Al Fitr. In 2022, Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall from Monday, May 2, and the Eid holidays will be from Ramadan 29 until Shawwal 3, based on the Islamic calendar. The dates will be confirmed closer to the date based on moon-sighting.
If Monday, May 2 does mark the first day of Eid, then it will be a five-day weekend for those who have adopted the new UAE weekend, with public and private sector residents off for their regular weekend on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. This plus the three additional days from Monday, May 2 to Wednesday, May 4 equals a nice long weekend.
Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha
More good news comes in July where we will have another long break. Arafat day is expected to fall on July 8 and Eid Al Adha will likely be on July 9 in 2022. These dates, too are subject to the moon sighting but we should have Friday, July 8 to Wednesday, July 13 off from work.
Islamic New Year
According to the Twitter post, Islamic New Year falls on July 30 in 2022, but this is a Saturday.
Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi is listed to be on October 8, but this too falls on a Saturday.
Commemoration Day and UAE National Day
Commemoration Day (previously known as Martyrs’ Day), is marked annually on December 1, which is a Thursday.
Immediately after this, the UAE celebrates National Day which falls on December 2 and 3, which is a Friday and Saturday. This means those with Saturdays and Sundays off will enjoy a four-day weekend.