2019-20, employees of both sectors will get 14 official public holidays in UAE

The UAE Cabinet issued a decree on Tuesday to give private sector an equal number of holidays as public sector for this year until 2020.

The decree comes with an aim to achieve a balance between the two sectors and support the national economy.

In 2019-20, employees of both sectors will get 14 official public holidays, according to the UAE Cabinet. With this, the number of holidays for the private sector has been increased.

According to the list of holidays for this year and the next, Israa Wal Miraj (Rajab 27) and Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace be upon him) birthday (Rabi Al Awwal 12) won’t be public holidays as was  the case previously. However, the number of holidays for Eid Al Fitr has been increased.

A one-day holiday is scheduled for Monday, June 3, for day 29 and 30 of Ramadan, according to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai.

As per the list of holidays, a three-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr is likely to begin on Wednesday, June 5, making it a long weekend, according to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai.

Another three-day holiday is scheduled for Sunday, August 11, on account of Eid Al Adha.

Public sector workers also will get three days off from Sunday, December 1 to Tuesday, December 3 to mark National Day and Commemoration Day.

Official holidays, and national and religious occasions Date (Islamic calendar) Date (Gregorian calendar) Holiday duration
New Year 24 Rabi Al-Aakhir 1440 Tuesday 1 January 2019 1
Israa Wal Miraj 27 Rajab 1440 Wednesday 3 April 2019 1
Half of Shaban month 15 Sha’ban 1440 Saturday 20 April 2019 0
Beginning of Ramadan 1 Ramadan 1440 Monday 6 May 2019 0
Bader Al-Kubra 17 Ramadan 1440 Wednesday 22 May 2019 0
Fateh Macca 20 Ramadan 1440 Saturday 25 May 2019 0
Lailat Al Qader 27 Ramadan 1440 Saturday 1 June 2019 0
29 and 30 Ramadan 29 Ramadan 1440 Monday 3 June 2019 1
Eid Al Fitr 29 Ramadan-1 Shawwal 1440 Wednesday 5 June 2019 3
Arafat (Haj) day 9 Zul Hijjah 1440 Saturday 10 August 2019 1
Eid Al Adha 10-12 Thul-Hijjah 1440 Sunday 11 August 2019 3
Hijri New Year 1 Muharram 1441 Saturday 31 August 2019 1
Ashura Day 10 Muharram 1441 Monday 9 September 2019 0
Flag Day 6 Rabi Al-Awwal 1441 Sunday 3 November 2019 0
Prophet’s Birthday 12 Rabi Al-Awwal 1441 Saturday 9 November, 2019 1
Commemoration Day 3 Rabi Al-Aakhir 1441 Sunday, 1 December 2019 1
National Day 48 5-6 Rabi Al-Aakhir 1441 Monday 2 December to Tuesday, 3 December 2019 2

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