Arafat Day + Eid Al Adha combined (3 days off + weekend)

UAE Residents: Ready for a long weekend? Hello long weekend!!!

  • Publish date: Thursday، 02 August 2018 Last update: Thursday، 25 February 2021
Arafat Day + Eid Al Adha combined (3 days off + weekend)
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Do you have any travel plans or just ready for some break time? Here are the upcoming long weekends to help you plan your schedule.


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Arafat Day + Eid Al Adha - August 21 or 22

This one is almost definite as Arafat Day is expected to fall on a Tuesday. Arafat Day will then be followed by Eid Al Adha the next day (Wednesday and Thursday). This could mean that we get a 5-day weekend or at least a 4-day weekend if you work on Saturdays.

Arafat Day + Eid Al Adha combined (3 days off + weekend)

The dates may change depending on moon-sightings; however, even if the dates change by a day, you are still set to get a short work-week.

Commemoration Day + UAE National Day (Weekend + 1 day off) November 30 and December 2

This year Commemoration Day falls on a Friday, November 30, however, there is still a long weekend to look forward to. In 2015, the day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, as a day to honour Emiratis who have died fighting for and defending their country.

The UAE’s National Day will be celebrated on Sunday, December 2 this year. While the UAE was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. This protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1, 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the emirates. 

Arafat Day + Eid Al Adha combined (3 days off + weekend)

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah made up the original UAE, with Ras Al Khaimah joining in a year later in 1972.

2018 will mark the UAE’s 47th birthday. Once again, this year the Commemoration Day falls on a Friday (no holiday there), but you would get UAE National Day (December 2 - Sunday) off.