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UAE Announces Islamic New Year Holiday for Public Employees

Public Sector Holiday Announcement

On Wednesday, UAE authorities officially declared a one-day paid It for government employees to mark the Islamic New Year. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources confirmed that Muharram 1, the first day of the Islamic calendar, will be observed as a public It. This year, based on moon sighting, Muharram 1 is expected to fall on July 7, aligning with the Gregorian calendar.

Private Sector Holiday Announcement


A day earlier, on Tuesday, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) announced that the Islamic New Year It for the private sector will also be observed on July 7. This ensures that both public and private sector employees in the UAE can commemorate this significant day.

Upcoming Public It

Following the Islamic New Year, UAE residents can look forward to another public holiday in honor of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s birthday. This is part of the official list of public holidays for 2024, as announced by the UAE Cabinet.

The final official public holiday of the year will be in celebration of UAE National Day, which is expected to be a long weekend, providing residents with extended time to participate in national festivities. In addition to these public holidays, UAE employees are entitled to 30 days of annual leave each year.

Regional It Observance

Similar to the UAE, neighboring Oman has also announced a holiday for both public and private sector employees on July 7 in observance of the Hijri New Year. This creates a long weekend for many, particularly government employees, across the region.


The Islamic New Year, or Hijri New Year, marks a significant occasion for Muslims around the world. The UAE’s announcement of a public It underscores the importance of this day and provides an opportunity for both public and private sector employees to observe and celebrate the occasion. With additional holidays on the horizon, UAE residents have several opportunities to enjoy time with family and friends while honoring important cultural and religious events.


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