14 dates for holidays in the UAE in 2023

If you use our handy guide to booking leave for 2023, you could get 33 days off with only 10 days of annual leave.

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New Year's Day, which was on a Sunday, was the first holiday of 2023.

After this, there will be 13 more public holidays.

The first will be for Eid al Fitr, which will likely happen on April 20, 21, 22, and 23.

It's the first day after a month of fasting and praying during Ramadan. It also marks the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

The days in question are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This could mean a four-day weekend.

The second day of the week-long Hajj pilgrimage, Arafat Day, will take place on June 27.

Eid al Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, comes right after Arafat Day.

One of the most important days on the Muslim calendar, it is expected to be celebrated on June 28, 29, and 30.

This means that from Tuesday, June 27, to Friday, June 30, there could be four public holidays in a row.

It could mean that a seven-day break is possible if you count the weekend of July 1–2.

Dubai is the only place where Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha dates will be confirmed based on moon sightings. However, it doesn't hurt to plan ahead.

On July 19, which is the first day of the month Muharram and the first day of the Islamic lunar calendar, there will be a public holiday to celebrate the Islamic New Year.

The next holiday is on September 27, which is the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

And finally, December 2023 will be the last month with a public holiday.

Commemoration Day is on Friday, December 1, and National Day is the next day, on Saturday, December 2. Sunday, December 3, is also a holiday for National Day.

List of all UAE public holidays in 2023

  • January 1 is New Year's Day.
  • April 20, 21, 22, and 23 are Eid al-Fitr.
  • Day of Arafat: June 27
  • Eid al Adha: June 28, 29, 30
  • The Islamic New Year begins on July 19.
  • The birthdate of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is September 27.
  • The day to remember is December 1.
  • Day of the Nation: December 2 and 3
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