Holiday for Prophet’s Birthday | In the UAE this year, residents have had the pleasure of experiencing several extended weekends, including a six-day hiatus to celebrate the Islamic holiday Eid Al Adha, and a four-day reprieve for Eid Al Fitr. Now, the UAE government has officially declared a paid holiday to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
On Friday, September 29, federal government employees will enjoy a day off to observe this occasion. As most government workers typically have Saturdays and Sundays off, this announcement effectively grants them a delightful three-day weekend. Private sector employees are not excluded from this extended break, as the UAE Cabinet has ensured parity by granting the same number of leave days to both public and private sector employees.
This upcoming holiday marks the last extended weekend in the UAE for this year, with the National Day holidays falling on December 2 and 3, which are a Saturday and Sunday.
It’s worth noting that while the official holidays for 2024 have not yet been announced, residents can likely anticipate a six-day break for Eid Al Fitr and a five-day weekend for Eid Al Adha.