19 December, 2022, Arabian Business
Holiday dates are subject to change
The UAE Cabinet released in November, the approved holiday dates for public and private sectors in 2023.
Holiday dates for Eid will see residents having a four-day weekend, followed by two other long breaks in 2023.
Eid-al-Fitr 2023 will see a four-day weekend in the UAE, as the nation marks the beginning of the Islamic month Shawwal.
Eid-al-Fitr also marks the first day after the 30-day fasting and prayer during Ramadan.
In 2023, Ramadan is most likely to fall on March 23, however it is subject to change based on relevant moon sightings, as per predictions made by the International Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences in the UAE.
In such as case, the 30-day fast will end on Friday April 21, with Eid-al-Fitr falling on the same day.
This would lead to a four-day weekend in the UAE, falling on April 20, 21, 22 and 23.
The exact date of Ramadan’s beginning is determined by religious scholars under the cover of night.
The next holiday falls on June 27, on account of Arafat Day, the second day of the week-long Hajj pilgrimage.
This is directly followed by Eid Al-Adha, which is expected to fall on June 28, 29 and 30.
Dates for both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are subject to changes, and will follow relevant moon sightings.
The Islamic New Year will bring in a public holiday on July 21, and will fall on the first day of the month Muharram – the first of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday in 2023, will be on September 29, marking another public holiday.
Public holidays in 2023, will end in December with the UAE Commemoration Day, National Day celebrations falling on December 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
According to a post shared by the government in November, the following is the full list of holidays for next year:
Gregorian New Year: January 1
Eid Al Fitr: Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3
Arafat Day: Dhul Hijjah 9
Eid Al Adha: Dhul Hijjah 10-12
Hijri New Year: July 21
Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday: September 29
National Day: December 2-3