When Can You Expect The Next Holiday In The UAE?


Now that the Eid Al Fitr holidays are over, it's back to the grind for all of us. But if you're still feeling the holiday vibe, don't fret! There's a long weekend on the horizon in June, as UAE astronomers have predicted the first day of Eid Al Adha 2024.

According to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Emirates Astronomy Society, Arafat Day is predicted to begin on Sunday, 16 June, followed by Eid Al Adha starting the next day. Eid Al Adha typically falls on Dhul Hijjah 10 to 12, which is likely to be from Monday, 17 June, to Wednesday, 19 June, based on astrological calculations (pending moon sighting). 

If this is the case, UAE residents will enjoy a five-day public holiday from 15 to 19 June, for those who do not work in the Saturday-Sunday weekend. Return to work is expected to be on Thursday, 20 June. However, remember that the final dates depend on the moon sighting.

Significance Of Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha, known as the festival of sacrifice, holds great importance in Islam. It honours Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as a testament of obedience to God. This occasion serves as a reminder of the core Islamic values of faith, sacrifice, and compassion. 

The day starts with special Eid prayers at mosques, where Muslims seek blessings and divine guidance.

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