Upcoming Public Holidays in the UAE: Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha 2024

Eid Al Adha 2024 | The UAE is gearing up for its next official public holiday, which combines two significant Islamic events: Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha. These holidays not only hold profound religious significance but also promise a well-deserved break for residents across the country. Here’s everything you need to know about these upcoming holidays.

Arafat Day: A Day of Reflection and Devotion

What is Arafat Day?

Arafat Day, falling on Dhul Hijjah 9, is a pivotal day in the Islamic calendar. It is observed on the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and is considered the most important day of the pilgrimage. For Muslims worldwide, it is a day of fasting, reflection, and prayer.

When is Arafat Day in 2024?

According to UAE astronomers, Arafat Day is predicted to fall on Sunday, June 16, 2024. However, the exact date is subject to the sighting of the moon, which will be confirmed closer to the time.

Eid Al Adha: The Festival of Sacrifice

What is Eid Al Adha?

Eid Al Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is the second and the largest of the two major Islamic holidays. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Traditionally, it involves the sacrifice of an animal, such as a sheep, goat, or cow, with the meat distributed among family, friends,

and those in need.

When is Eid Al Adha in 2024?

Eid Al Adha falls on Dhul Hijjah 10 to 12. For 2024, it is predicted that these dates will correspond to Monday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 19. This alignment will provide a public holiday break during these dates, contingent upon the moon sighting.

Potential Five-Day Long Weekend

For many UAE residents who enjoy a Saturday and Sunday weekend, this combination of holidays means an extended break. If the predictions hold true, the public holiday will span from Monday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 19. Consequently, work will resume on Thursday, June 20, allowing for a five-day holiday period.

Maximizing Your Holiday: A Nine-Day Break

For those looking to maximize their time off, planning ahead could turn this five-day break into a nine-day holiday. By taking Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, off as additional leave days, you can extend your break from Saturday, June 15, to Sunday, June 23. This strategic use of leave days is perfect for a longer vacation or a more extended period of rest and relaxation.

Why Do Dates Depend on Moon Sighting?

Islamic holidays, including Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha, are based on the lunar calendar, which is different from the Gregorian calendar. The Islamic calendar relies on the moon’s phases, and for the dates to be confirmed, a specific lunar phase must be sighted. This sighting usually occurs close to the anticipated dates, and official confirmation is provided by UAE authorities.

Awaiting Official Confirmation

As with all lunar-based holidays, the exact dates for Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha will be confirmed by the UAE government closer to the time. Residents are advised to stay updated with official announcements to ensure accurate planning for these significant holidays.