Al Isra'a Wal Mi'raj marks a very special journey Image Credit: GN Archive


This is an article from 2015. For 2016 public holidays, click here.



When is it?

Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday which is observed annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijiri calendar. This year, as far as the Gregorian calendar is concerned, the holiday falls on Saturday May 16.

What does it translate to?

Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj roughly translates as “Night Journey and Ascension”.

What does it mark?

The holiday marks the night Allah took Mohammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a single night, hence the name.

What is done?

Muslims offer optional prayers throughout the night. In some parts of the world, candles are lit and special lights are shone to signify Mohammad’s (PBUH) journey.

When are the public holidays?

This year, the Federal Authority of Human Resources has declared Saturday May 16 as an official holiday for both the public and private sectors.

According the Ministry of Labour, UAE private sector companies will get Saturday as a holiday. For those not working on Saturday, the holiday will not be compensated.