As the UAE has welcomed another year, the first question on every resident’s mind is: what are the dates for the UAE public holidays in 2019? Let’s be honest, all the UAE residents wait for these dates to start planning their holidays and short breaks for the year. Well, get your calendars out and start planning as Bayut reveals the list of all the public holidays in the UAE 2019.
UAE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN 2019 CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 – ISRA’A WAL MI’RAJ
Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday that marks the night Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then ascended to heaven. Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is an annual event that is celebrated on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. According to the Hijri calendar, that falls on Wednesday, April 3. It means that UAE residents will be able to catch a mid-week break, which is ideal for a quick daycation. Road trip to Hatta, anyone? Take a look at the fun activities to do in Hatta in Bayut’s guide. Or check out all the things to do in Dubai Mall, besides shopping!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 – EID AL FITR
Translating to ‘the festival of breaking the fast’, this is one of the most important UAE public holidays in 2019. Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. UAE residents can expect a three-day holiday for the public sector, and a two-day holiday for the private sector! However, Eid Al Fitr depends on when the moon is sighted, so the date is subject to change. The Eid holidays in the UAE 2019 will likely be either June 4 or 5, but residents will only know closer to the date. But it’s never too early to start planning a short getaway. Take a look at the best holiday destinations from Dubai for the summer!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 – ARAFAT DAY
Arafat is an Islamic holiday that marks the second day of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. On this day, Muslim pilgrims will travel from Mina to a hill known as Mount Arafat. While the date falls on a Saturday, remember, it is dependent on moon-sighting and can change later!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 – EID AL ADHA
Another one of the major public holidays in the UAE 2019, Eid Al Adha follows the pilgrimage of Hajj. It translates to the ‘festival of sacrifice’ and honours the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail. The holiday will fall on Sunday, August 11, depending on the sighting of the moon. Combined with the holiday for Arafat, UAE residents will likely get a five-day weekend for the public sector, and a four-day weekend for the private sector! Why not explore the beautiful emirate of Ajman with a staycation during these UAE national and public holidays in 2019? Check out the best hotels for a staycation in Ajman right here!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 – AL HIJRI (ISLAMIC NEW YEAR)
For those new to the UAE, Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Like all Islamic holidays, it’s subject to moon-sighting but is expected to fall on Saturday, August 31. UAE residents will only get a day off for the occasion, so it most likely will not be a long weekend. Jazz up the weekend by planning a road trip to Ras Al Khaimah. Here’s a list of the awesome things to do in Ras Al Khaimah, including visiting UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – MILAD UN NABI
Milad Un Nabi marks the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and is celebrated on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi Al Awwal. Falling on a Saturday in 2019, UAE residents may or may not get a long weekend.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – COMMEMORATION DAY
In 2015, HH Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, decreed that November 30 would honour the Emiratis who lost their lives fighting for the UAE. It was also declared as a public holiday for UAE residents. However, this is a day of remembrance of the brave martyrs. This UAE public holiday in 2019 will fall on a Saturday.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 – UAE NATIONAL DAY
The last public holidays in the UAE 2019 will celebrate 48 years since the formation of the country! It marks the momentous occasion when the seven emirates came together to form the United Arab Emirates. It also means a time of nationwide events, entertainment and festivity! The UAE National Day holidays will fall on Monday, December 2, and like in 2018, residents might get Sunday and Monday off as well! Keep an eye out on Bayut for the complete list of National Day activities and events closer to the date.