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Two long weekends for UAE residents in 2018

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

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2017 was really the 'year of long weekends' with more than five when the year started.

2018 doesn't have many but with ample planning, you could plan short or even long trips during these weekends. This guide pertains to the private sector only.

Here's our complete UAE Public Holidays guide.

Have kids? Here's the latest school calendar (kept permanently up to date).

August 21, 22*

Arafat Day, Eid Al Adha (3 holidays + weekend)

This one is almost definite as Arafat Day is expected to fall on a Tuesday. Arafat Day followed by Eid Al Adha the next day (Wednesday, Thursday - two days off) could mean a 5-day weekend or at least a 4-day weekend if you work on Saturdays.

The dates may change depending on moon-sightings; however, even if the dates change by a day, you are set to get a very short work-week. 

November 30, December 2

Commemoration Day, UAE National Day (One holiday + weekend)

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.

The UAE’s National Day is celebrated on December 2 each year. While the UAE was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. This protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1, 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the emirates.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. 2018 will mark the UAE’s 47th birthday.

This year the Commemoration Day falls on a Friday (no holiday there), but you get UAE National Day (December 2 - Sunday) off. Hello, long weekend!