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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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Now that Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj has come and gone, we excitedly look forward to our next days off this year. 

2017 was really the 'year of long weekends' with more than five when the year started. Although we have the same public holidays this year, 2018 doesn't have as many days off, since most holidays will fall on weekends.

Also Read: Here's our complete UAE Public Holidays guide

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Although Eid Al Fitr is the next upcoming public holiday, it will most likely fall on a weekend, which means that we may not get any extra time off.

This means that our next long weekend is going to be on...

August 21 or 22: Arafat Day + Eid Al Adha combined (3 days off + weekend)

This one is almost definite as Arafat Day is expected to fall on a Tuesday. Arafat Day will then be followed by Eid Al Adha the next day (Wednesday and Thursday). This could mean that we get 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 still set to get a short work-week. 

The next long weekend will be on...

November 30 and December 2: Commemoration Day + UAE National Day (Weekend + 1 day off)

This year Commemoration Day falls on Friday, November 30.

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 will be celebrated on Sunday, December 2 this 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 This protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1, 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the emirates.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.

Once again, 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!

*This guide pertains to the private sector only.