UAE Vacations: A Nine-Day Break in 2024 and Two Long Weekends in 2023

Inhabitants of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are known for their meticulous planning of annual leave, often scheduling personal events and holidays in cooler climates. As per reports from Khaleej Times, these plans typically coincide with public holidays and extended weekends.

As we move into the second half of 2023, UAE residents can look forward to two more extended weekends. The first of these is anticipated from July 21 to 23, marking the commencement of the new Hijri year. The second extended break is slated from September 29 to October 1. Wrapping up the official holidays for the year will be the celebrations for UAE National Day on December 2 and 3.

Looking ahead to 2024, there’s a potential for an extended nine-day break during Eid Al-Fitr, which is welcome news for residents planning significant events or vacations. Based on astronomical predictions, Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday, March 11, 2024, and last approximately 30 days. Consequently, the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr is likely to kick off on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

In line with UAE government tradition, a holiday period from the 29th of Ramadan to the 3rd of Shawwal is granted to employees in both the public and private sectors. For 2024, this could translate into a holiday period from Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12. Factoring in the weekends, this could potentially extend into a lengthy nine-day break from Saturday, April 6 to Sunday, April 14.

The Emirates Astronomy Society has shared these provisional dates, which align with the projected dates on the Islamic Finder website. Additionally, the observance of Eid Al-Adha in 2024 is likely to start on Monday, June 17, suggesting another five-day break from Saturday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 19.

However, it’s important to note that these dates are estimations. The Islamic (or Hijri) calendar, which relies on moon sightings, may cause these dates to fluctuate.


Shafia is dedicated to unraveling the UAE's technological advancements, innovations, and smart initiatives. Her articles shed light on the country's journey towards becoming a global tech hub.

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