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The total remaining public holidays for 2021 in the UAE are four days, but they will feel like more because they are all attached to weekends.
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NEW YEARS DAY: So far, we've celebrated New Year's Day on January 1, which fell on a Friday unfortunately, so most UAE residents were unable to benefit from a public holiday.
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Although Al Israa Wal Miraj is observed as an Islamic holiday, the UAE did not get a public holiday.
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EID AL FITR: Eid Al Fitr felll on Wednesday, May 12 and lasted for four days, which meant UAE residents benefited from a long weekend.
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ARAFAT DAY: Arafat Day, which fell on Monday, July 18 and was celebrated for one day. This holiday took place roughly 70 days after the end of Ramadan.
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EID AL ADHA: Following Arafat Day came, what Muslims call "The Big Feast", Eid Al Adha. It was an additional three-day holiday added to Arafat Day. UAE residents got a whopping six-day weekend.
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HIJRI NEW YEAR: The last public holiday that UAE residents enjoyed just took place in mid-August. It was the celebration of the Islamic New Year. This one-day celebration took place on August 12, a Thursday.
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PROPHET MOHAMMED'S BIRTHDAY (PBUH): Next up is Prophet Mohammed's Birthday, which is a one-day holiday. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid a Nabawi. It is expected to fall on Thursday, October 21. Another long weekend for UAE residents!
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COMMEMORATION DAY: It is a one-day holiday, to honour Emiratis who have died fighting for and defending their country. Commemoration Day will take place on December 1, which is a Wednesday.
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NATIONAL DAY: The last holiday of 2021 will be UAE National Day, which takes place on Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3. Combined with Commemoration Day, we will benefit from a four-day long weekend.