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One more long UAE weekend in 2017

If you start planning now, you could get those extra days off approved before your colleagues do

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Although we technically have three public holidays left, (Commemoration Day, Prophet Mohammad's Birthday (PBUH) and National Day) they all fall within the same weekend, which means we sadly only benefit from one long weekend before we ring in the New Year. 

This year National Day falls on Saturday, so Sunday December 3 is a national holiday for the public sector, but will be a regular working day for the private sector.

Public Sector will have a four day weekend.

Private Sector will have a three day weekend.

Here are some more details about the public holidays this weekend.

Days off: Thursday, November 30 – Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day falls on November 30 every year. In 2015, the day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, as a day to honour Emiratis who have died fighting for and defending their country.


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The remembrance will fall on a Thursday in 2017 and residents can expect yet another long weekend.

Days off: Thursday, November 30 – Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.


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In 2017, November 30 falls on a Thursday with Commemoration Day also falling on this day.

Days off: Saturday, December 2 (December 3 is off for public sector only) – UAE National Day

The UAE’s National Day is celebrated on December 2 each year. Although the UAE – or the Trucial States as it was known until 1971 – was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1, 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the Trucial States, now known as the emirates.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah made up the original UAE, with Ras Al Khaimah joining in a year later in 1972. 2017 will mark the UAE’s 46th birthday.

One or two days are granted as public holidays, and as December 2 is a Saturday, Sunday December 3 is a national holiday for the public sector only, but will be a regular working day for the private sector.