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Public Holidays in UAE 2024: the UAE's vibrant calendar Explained

The UAE is a vibrant and diverse nation that offers a wealth of experiences for both residents and visitors. With its stunning landscapes, modern cities, rich cultural heritage, and exciting events, there's always something to discover in the Emirates.

With a plethora of planned public holidays in the UAE for 2024, let's dive into all the national holidays in UAE and see what 2024 has to offer for all UAE residents.

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Public Holidays in UAE 2024

Here is your go-to sheet for all the Emirates public holidays in 2024. This is the approved 2024 official holidays calendar for both public sector holidays and private sector holidays in UAE.

Public Holidays


New Year's Day

1 January

Eid Al Fitr

10 April 2024 (Tentative Date) (4 days)

Arafah Day 

15 June (Tentative Date) (4 days)

Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

16 June (Tentative Date) (4days)

Prophet Mohammed's birthday (Mawlid Al-Nabi)

15 September

Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year)

7 July

UAE National Day

2 and 3 December 2024 (2 days).

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New Year's Day 2024

Celebrated on January 1st, this national holiday is officially recognised as a bank holiday in the UAE, offering a much-needed break from the daily grind. With schools and businesses closed it's a time for families and friends to come together and embrace the spirit of the new year.

Many people choose to experience the magic of New Year's Eve 2024 in Dubai. This is because Dubai is the primary host of numerous significant events in the United Arab Emirates.

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. It falls on the first day of Shawwal, which will be on the 10th of April. Eid Al Fitr celebrations in the UAE typically last for three days. During this time, the country celebrates this national holiday in the UAE and transforms into a vibrant tapestry of joy, with streets decorated with lights and lanterns. 

Eid Al Adha 2024

Eid Al Adha, or the "Festival of the Sacrifice," is one of the most important public holidays in the Islamic calendar. Celebrated as a national holiday in the UAE  spanning four days that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Please be aware that schools, businesses, and most government offices are closed during the days of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. So make sure to finish anything you need quickly before the UAE government holidays.

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Arafah Day 2024 

Arafah Day, also known as the Day of Arafah, is a significant religious holiday observed by Muslims in the United Arab Emirates and worldwide. It falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah or on the 15th of June, marking the central day of the Hajj pilgrimage. While it is a public holiday in the UAE, the significance of Arafah Day lies in its immense spiritual value for Muslims.

Prophet Mohammed's birthday (Mawlid Al-Nabi) 2024

Prophet Mohammed's birthday, also known as Mawlid Al-Nabi, is a significant religious holiday observed with deep reverence by Muslims. Mawlid Al-Nabi falls on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-Awwal. In 2024, it will be celebrated on Sunday, September 15th as an official public holiday in the UAE.

UAE National Day 2024

The UAE National Day holiday is celebrated annually on the 2nd and 3rd of December. It is celebrated to remember the history of the UAE and the heritage of this great country. 

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UAE National Day 2024

From the joyous celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the solemn remembrance of the UAE National Day, each public holiday tells a unique story of the United Arab Emirates’s rich heritage

FAQs about UAE Holidays in 2024

Q.  How many UAE official holidays are there in 2024?

A. The total number of UAE official holidays in 2024 is 7 with a total of 18 holidays, 9 of them being UAE government holidays.

Q. Are there any UAE long weekends in 2024?

A. There are 4 long weekend holidays in 2024 in the UAE: New Year’s Day, Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha and the UAE National Day. So, why not seize the opportunity and take a trip to Dubai with Almosafer during these grand celebrations?

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