Top events in United Arab Emirates

August
01

Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, held every year in August, is a popular chess festival that attracts some of the world's top players. The...

August
12

Celebrated throughout the Muslim World, the Islamic New Year or 'Al-Hijra' occurs on the first day of the month of Muharram which begins on Hijri...

November
06

Expert desert drivers from around the globe congregate each year for this annual cross-country rally race through the desert of the Al Dhafra...

United Arab Emirates Public Holidays

Public holidays are listed here.

Public holiday note

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

2021

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2021
May
11
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
11 May 2021
End date:
15 May 2021
July
20
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
20 July 2021
End date:
22 July 2021
August
12
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
12 August 2021
October
21
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
21 October 2021

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

December
02
National Day
Start date:
2 December 2021
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