Great News – the UAE Government have today confirmed that Sunday April 23rd will be a public holiday for public sector employees on the occasion of Isra’a Wal Miraaj

The dates for the private sector have yet to be confirmed, but like the public sector, it is likely to be for one day.

The holiday is to mark Prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Makkah to the farthest mosque in Jerusalem. Whilst the holiday was initially planned to fall on April 24th, the federal law states that the public holidays in the UAE can be moved to the beginning or the end of the week if they fall within 2 working days.

As reported in Gulf News, religious holidays in the UAE are subject to change based on moon sightings but are expected to be on:

Saturday May 27th – Ramadan (expected)

Sunday June 26th – Eid Al fitr (2 days)

Thursday August 31st – Arafat (Haj) day

Friday September 1st – Eid Al Adha

Friday September 22nd – Al Hijri (Islamic New Year)

Thursday November 30th – Prophet Muhammed’s birthday

Saturday December 2nd – UAE National Day

Sunday December 3rd – UAE National Day Holiday