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United Arab Emirates

Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

The United Arab Emirates, known as the UAE is a federation of seven emirates. The official state religion is Islam, practiced by over 90 percent of the population. The majority of public holidays and observances are based on traditional Islam culture and religion. All employees in the UAE are entitled to at least 10 paid public holidays per year, compensated at normal wages.

The country officially observes the following public holidays: Hinji, the official state New Year; Gregorian New Year; Eid Al Fitr, a two day celebration signifying the end of Ramadan; Eid Al Adha and Waqf, a three day holiday; Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday; Isru and Al Miraj and National Day. All workers in the country are entitled to these paid public holidays.

Labour Laws in the United Arab Emirates

The labour laws in the United Arab Emirates are regulated by the Labour Ministry, which are applicable to all employees working in the country, regardless of whether in the private or public sectors. Although UAE labour laws strictly prohibit the formation of trade unions, employment contracts are honored.

In the UAE, minimum wages are not officially established, but are outlined in employment contracts. The maximum allowed working time is eight hours per day, for a total of 48 hours per week. In some sectors including the hospitality industry, workers may be required to work nine hours per day. Overtime compensation is typically paid at a rate of not less than 25 percent above the normal pay scale. If an employee is required to work extra hours between 9:00 pm and 4:00 am, he or she will be compensated at not less than 50 percent in addition to normal wages. In the event an employee is required to work on a holiday, an extra day may be taken in lieu of compensation, or may choose to be paid an additional 50 percent above normal wages. Labour laws state that employees may not work overtime in excess of two hours per day.

Employees in the UAE are entitled to an accrual of two days leave for each month of employment after six consecutive months. After one year, workers earn a minimum of 30 days of paid annual leave. If an employee is required to work during the annual leave period, compensation includes normal wages in addition to a leave allowance, the amount which is typically specified in the employment contract.

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
5 MayThuThe Prophet's Ascension
6 JunTueBeginning of Ramadan *
6 JulWedEid Al Fitr *
7 JulThuEid Al Fitr *
8 JulFriEid Al Fitr *
9 JulSatEid Al Fitr *
11 SepSunArafat (Haj) Day
12 SepMonEid Al Adha /
Feast of Sacrifice
13 SepTueEid Al Adha /
Feast of Sacrifice Holiday
2 OctSunIslamic New Year *
1 DecThuMartyr's Day
2 DecFriNational Day
11 DecSunThe Prophet Muhammad's Birthday *

* Subject to changes.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
24 AprMonThe Prophet's Ascension
25 JunSunEid Al Fitr *
26 JunMonEid Al Fitr *
27 JunTueEid Al Fitr *
31 AugThuArafat (Haj) Day *
1 SepFriEid Al Adha /
Feast of Sacrifice *
2 SepSatEid Al Adha /
Feast of Sacrifice *
21 SepThuIslamic New Year *
30 NovThuMartyr's Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet Muhammad's Birthday *
2 DecSatNational Day

* Subject to changes.