UAE Unveils Extended Weekend for Residents Next Month

Residents of the United Arab Emirates are getting ready for a longer weekend in January 2024 because Monday, January 1, is scheduled as the first public holiday of the year.

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UAE’s Extended Weekend

In January 2024, residents of the UAE can look forward to a delightful surprise: an extended weekend is on the horizon, heralding the first public holiday of the year on Monday, January 1. Crafted for individuals adhering to the Monday-to-Friday work schedule, this exclusive day off extends the weekend from Saturday, December 30, to Monday, January 1. Regular work duties will resume on Tuesday, January 2.

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent National Day holiday, which granted private sector workers a delightful three-day break from Saturday, December 2, to Monday, December 4. As the year draws to a close, anticipation is building for this forthcoming extended weekend, offering a refreshing start to the new year.

Confirmed 2024 Holidays

Looking ahead, the UAE Cabinet has already unveiled a comprehensive list of confirmed public and private sector holidays for 2024. Residents can proactively plan their breaks for the year, with key dates to look forward to:

  • Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day
  • Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3: Eid al-Fitr
  • Dhu Al Hijjah 9: Arafat Day
  • Dhu Al Hijjah 10 to 12: Eid Al-Adha
  • Muharram 1: Islamic New Year
  • Rabi’ Al-Awwal 12: Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday
  • Monday, December 2: National Day
  • Tuesday, December 3: National Day holiday

It is important to note that while the dates of some holidays have been officially confirmed, others are subject to moonsightings, introducing an element of anticipation and flexibility. Scholars typically provide estimates within a two-to-three-day window.

As the countdown to the next UAE public holiday begins, residents are eagerly looking forward to the prospect of an extended break, cherishing the opportunity for relaxation, festivities, and quality time with loved ones.

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