Team shortlist30 Jul 2017 AT 10:58 AM

UAE expected to get long weekend in August

On occasion of Arafat Day and Eid al-Adha
Team shortlist30 Jul 2017 AT 10:58 AM
UAE expected to get long weekend in August
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It seems like it was just yesterday that we were counting down the days till we got to on vacation and, now with our leave season very much over, we find ourselves patiently waiting for the next batch of public holidays.

Luckily for us and you, there’s not that long left to wait.

In fact, the next public holiday in the UAE is expected to fall on Thursday, August 31* on occasion of Arafat Day.

Arafat Day is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage where Muslims make their way from Mina, Saudi Arabia, to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat, where Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is said to have delivered his last sermon.

The day after Arafat Day is Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice).

Eid al-Adha commemorates the day that Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar, and lasts until the thirteenth day.

Please note, the exact date of Arafat Day and Eid al-Adha will only be announced closer to the time. All Islamic public holidays are dependent on moon-sightings as the Islamic calendar follows the principals of a lunar calendar.

That said, behold the list of predicted public holidays in the UAE…

Thursday, August 31* – Arafat (Hajj) Day

Friday, September 1* – Eid al-Adha (2 days)

Friday, September 22* – Al Hijri (Islamic New Year)

Thursday, November 30* – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (PBUH)

Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day

*Holiday dates are dependent on moon sightings