*booking staycations as we speak*
With the new year, Dubai's residents are eager to book their next holiday. Luckily for us, there are 13 upcoming public holidays in the UAE to look forward to. Take full advantage, peeps.
Are you catching a plane to Ibiza? Booking a suite at the new Atlantis The Royale? Partying at Dubai's hottest openings? Pencil in these UAE public holiday dates in 2023 for future reference.
A staycation is ideal for this one.
The first one to look forward to right after January 1st is Eid Al Fitr, which is expected to land on the weekend: the 20, 21, 22 and 23rd of April 2023. With Ramadan falling in March, expect a 4-day weekend in Dubai in the next few months.
The second UAE public holiday of 2023 is Arafat Day, falling on Tuesday, June 27th. According to the Islamic Calendar, Arafat day is the second day of the week-long Hajj pilgrimage. With Eid Al Adha falling immediately after Arafat Day, the 28, 29 and 30th of June could be consecutive public holidays, leaving a chance for a 7-day break if you take into consideration the weekend, 1st and 2nd July 2023.
The public holiday dates for Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha in Dubai can only be confirmed according to moon sightings closer to the date... however, it's good to know what our options are.
To mark the Islamic New Year, a public holiday on the 19th of July is also to be expected. Another public holiday will also fall on the 27th of September to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
The final public holidays in 2023 will take place on the first week of December to highlight Commemoration Day on the 1st of December, followed by the National Day celebrations, which take place on the 2nd and 3rd of December.
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