UAE Declares Public Holiday on 29 September

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has declared Friday, 29 September 2023, as a public holiday. The announcement was made by the UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. This day off is in honor of Milad-un-Nabi, a significant day in the Islamic calendar that commemorates the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The decision to declare this day as a public holiday applies to both private and public sector employees, ensuring equal leave benefits across all sectors. As a result, workers will enjoy a three-day weekend, resuming their duties on Monday, 2 October 2023.

Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by Muslims worldwide on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi Al-Awwal. It holds immense spiritual importance in the Islamic world. The UAE, home to a large Muslim population, observes this day with reverence and respect.

In addition to this, it is noteworthy that the UAE’s National Day break is scheduled for 2 and 3 December, falling on a Saturday and Sunday. This means that the holiday on 29 September will be the last long weekend for UAE residents in the year 2023.

This move by the UAE government reflects its commitment to honoring important Islamic dates and ensuring the welfare of its workforce by providing them with adequate time off to observe these occasions.


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