5 Long Breaks To Look Forward To In The UAE In 2020

We know we know! We’re all working from home (mostly), but holidays are always special right? Now, its another thing that we might not be able to travel anywhere in the near future. But, it’s always fun to look forward to spending time with family. So what are the long weekends we should be looking forward to this year? Here’s a list of all the public holidays and long weekends to look forward to.

1. Eid Ul Fitr (May 23/May 24 for 4-5 days)

The last day of Ramadan is celebrated as Eid Al Fitr across the world. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources on Monday announced Eid Al Fitr holidays for the public sector in the country. Going by the Islamic calendar, Eid Al Fitr holidays will be from Ramadan 29 until Shawwal 3 for both sectors.

Ramadan 29 falls on Friday, May 22 and Shawwal 3 falls on Tuesday, May 26. This means all public and private sector employees will now enjoy a five-day weekend. However, it is to be noted that this is only a tentative estimation as the last day of Ramadan depends on the moon’s position.

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Eid In Dubai

2. Arafat Day, Eid Ul Adha (July 29/July 30 for four days)

Eid Al Adha is expected to fall on July 31, 2020 (Friday). And, this also means a 4-day break combined with Arafat Day holiday on Zul Hijjah 9 (Thursday). Eid Al Adha holidays begin on Zul Hijjah 10 and end on 12.

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Eid in Dubai

3. New Hijri Year (19 or 20 August)

Depending on when the moon is sighted, you can be getting an off either on Wednesday or Thursday. While we hope we can take an off on Thursday and this one can be quite tricky!

Hijri New Year Holiday in UAE

(Credits: The National)

4. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Birthday (28 or 29 October)

This holiday can be falling either on Wednesday or Thursday. While we all wish its a longer weekend, we really don’t know! So while this will be a dry day, this time of the year is one of the cooler months of Dubai. So if you wanna go camping or barbecuing, this might be the best time to mark your calendars and go outdoors. Well, if the situation improves and is favourable, of course.

(Credits: GulfNews)

5. Martyr’s Day/ Dubai National Day (December 1 – December 3)

Now, this is a sure shot holiday we know of! So if you have already planned for this year’s national day celebrations, plan for the next ones. While a lot of folks like staying in and enjoying the national day celebrations, there are many making use of the holidays for a staycation or a weekend getaway.

Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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