Al Hijri: UAE to mark Islamic New Year with public holiday

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Aug 13, 2020

August 13, 2020


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Public sector employees will enjoy a long weekend next week to mark the Islamic New Year, also known as Al Hijri.

The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources announced that Sunday, August 23, would be a public holiday for government staff.

Work will resume on Monday, August 24.

An announcement for the private sector is yet to be made but is expected, after the UAE government unified public holidays for both sectors last year.

The holiday marks the beginning of the new Islamic year 1442. It marks the day on which the Prophet Mohammed migrated from Makkah to Madinah.

The islamic calendar is lunar, which is why it does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar.

Muslims do not mark Islamic New Year, also known as Al Hijri New Year, with public celebrations or events. Hotels and bars are typically asked to refrain from serving alcohol and hosting live entertainment.

Updated: August 13, 2020 11:02 AM

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