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ISLAMIC CALENDAR & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

ISLAMIC CALENDAR & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Dubai

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following chart shows the major Holidays and Islamic Events in the UAE for the year 2012/2014


Occasion Duration Hijri Year Gregorian Year 2012 Gregorian Year 2013 Gregorian Year 2014
New Year . 1 - 1 Jan 2012 1 Jan 2013 1 Jan 2014
Prophet Mohammed's Birthday * 1 12 Rabul Awal 4 Feb 2012 24 Jan 2013 13 Jan 2014
Israa & Miaraj Night * 1 27 Rajab 17 Jun 2012 6 Jan 2013 26 May 2014
Ramadan expected to begin * 29/30 1 Ramadan 20 July 2012 9 July 2013 28 June 2014
Eid Al Fitr Note: the 29 & 30 (two days of the last Ramadan, together with 1,2,3 Shawwal are holidays) * 5 1 Shawwal 19 Aug 2012 8 Aug 2013 28 July 2014
Arafat (Haj) Day * 1 9 Zulhajja 25 Oct 2012 14 Oct 2013 3 Oct 2014
Eid Al Adha * 3 10 Zulhajja 26 Oct 2012 15 Oct 2013 4 Oct 2014
Hijri New year's Day * 1 1 Muhrram 15 Nov 2012 4 Nov 2013 25 Oct 2014
UAE National Day . 2 - 2/3 Dec 2012 2/3 Dec 2013 2/3 Dec 2014


Fixed Holidays : .

Islamic holidays : *

Dates for Islamic holidays are fixed for Hijri dates. However, may Change in accordance to
Gregorian dates.


The number in brackets applies to the public sector only. Not all the listed holidays are strictly observed by the
private sector.
The Islamic (Hijri) calendar is based on lunar months. These are 354 or 355 days in the Hijri year, which is
divided into 12 months. The Hijri year is thus about 11 days shorter than Gregorian year, and the event of the
Hijri year fall about 11 days earlier on the Gregorian calendar each year as shown in the above chart.
The Gregorian dates of the Islamic holidays are not very precise as they depend on the sighting of the moon. The
actual dates on which these holidays will fall might differ slightly from the dates mentioned in the above chart.

The Islamic events:

Lailat Al Mi’raj celebrates the Prophet’s ascension into Heaven. Eid Al Fitr is the feast of the Breaking of the Fast
and is the next day after the end of Ramadan (First Day of Shawwal). Eid al Adha means Feast of the Sacrifice
and it marks the end of the season of pilgrimage to Mecca. In Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, work
hours are reduced and there is no consumption of food or water, or smoking in public during daylight hours.
(Note: Pilgrimage expected to begin 10 days before Eid Al Adha).

 

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