In 2018, there are 11 public holidays in Dubai. They are applicable to people working in both public and private sectors nationwide. With the exception of New Year’s Day, Commemoration Day, and National Day, every holiday is observed for religious reasons and mostly depends on moon sightings as well as Hijri (Islamic lunar calendar). It is, therefore, very likely that these dates are subject to change. Check out our comprehensive chart displaying a list of public holidays 2018 observed in Dubai.
|Date||Holiday||Number of Days||Confirmed / Tentative (Subject to Change)||Reason|
|January 1st, 2018||New Year’s Day||1||Confirmed||The first day of 2018|
|April 13, 2018||Israa and Miraj Night||1||Tentative||Observed on the 24th day of the Islamic lunar month, Rajab, it memorializes the journey of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) from Makkah to Jerusalem and later to the heaven – all in a single night.|
|June 14, 2018||Eid Al Fitr||2||Tentative||One of the most prominent festivities of Muslims all over the world, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic lunar month Shawwal, and marks the culmination of the highly revered month of Ramadan.|
|August 20, 2018||Arafat Day||1||Tentative||The ninth day of the Islamic month, Dul Hijjah, is considered as the Arafat Day. It is also the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage rites. On this day, all Hajj pilgrims congregate near Makkah, on the Mount Arafat, where Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) delivered the phenomenal Farewell Sermon. Muslims who do not participate in Hajj spend this day by fasting and with utmost devotion.|
|August 21, 2018||Eid Al Adha||2||Tentative||Just as its name implies, meaning the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, it is mainly celebrated to honor the readiness of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail (PBUH), upon Allah’s will. But Allah stopped this act by sending a ram to be slaughtered instead of Prophet Ismail (PBUH).|
|Sept 11, 2018||Al Hijri||1||Tentative||Al Hijri symbolizes the Islamic New Year. The first day of Muharram (the first month of Islamic calendar) marks the beginning of the New Year.|
|November 30, 2018||Commemoration Day||1||Confirmed||This day venerates the Emirati heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country.|
|December 2, 2018||UAE National Day||1||Confirmed||It celebrates the spirit of independence and federal unification of the emirates to form the present-day UAE.|
Please be informed that public sector employees are entitled for extra holidays. In UAE, the weekend is Friday and Saturday, and hence holidays which fall on a Wednesday or a Monday will be moved accordingly to create a long weekend.