2nd January 2019
To help with planning your business trips to Abu Dhabi and doing business in the UAE during 2019 please see below a list of the anticipated public holidays. This should be used as a guide only as Islamic holidays are subject to the sighting of the moon. It is common for the exact dates of the public holidays to be confirmed by the government approximately a week prior, so check the local media around the following dates for the confirmations.
School holidays for the upcoming academic year are also listed below for your convenience.
Public Holidays 2019
|New Year’s Day||Tuesday 1st January (1 day)|
|Isra’a Wal Mi'raj||Wednesday 3rd April (1 day)|
|Ramadan to commence*||Monday 6th May|
|Eid Al Fitr||Wednesday 5th June (2 days)|
|Arafat Day||Sunay 11th August (1 Day)|
|Eid Al Adha||Monday 12th August (2 days)|
|Hijri New Year||Sunday 1st September (1 day)|
|Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (PBUH)||Sunday 10th November (1 day)|
|Commemoration Day||Saturday 30th November (1 day)|
|National Day||Tuesday 2nd December (1 day)|
* Ramadan is not a Public Holiday, but a Holy month of prayer and fasting.
School Holidays 2018-2019
|Term 1 begins||2nd September 2018 - 13th December 2018|
|Winter Holiday||16th December 2018 - 10th January 2019|
|Spring Holiday||31st March 2019 - 11th April 2019|
|Summer Holiday begins||7th July 2019|
Please note the above school holidays apply to public and private schools which follow the Ministry of Education curriculum. Indian, Pakistani and Japanese schools have a different schedule following an academic year from April to March.
Written by Jenny Hunt, Founding Partner & CEO, Gateway Group of Companies, Abu Dhabi UAE
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