Public Holidays in 2014

Public holidays in the UAE mostly commemorate Islamic occasions, with the exception of the UAE National Day and the new year celebrations.

Occasion

Gregorian Year 2014

Hijri Year 1435 into 1436

New Year|Wednesday, 1 January|19 Safar**

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|Monday, 13 January|12 Rabi Al Awwal**

Israa & Miraj Night (Ascension)|Sunday, 25 May|27 Rajab**

Eid Al Fitr (End of Fast)|Monday, 28 July|1 Shawwal**

Arafat Day|Friday, 3 October|9 Dhu Al-Hijjah**

Eid Al Adha|Saturday, 4 October|10 Dhu al-Hijjah**

Hijri (Islamic) New Year|Saturday, 25 October|1 Muharram (Year 1436)**

UAE National Day|Tuesday, 2 December|10 Safar**

Muslim Eids and holidays are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon, thus making religious dates shown here near-accurate approximations. Often, actual dates are confirmed closer to the occasion, particularly in the cases of Ramadan and the two major Eids (Al Fitr and Al Adha) since these events are significant and tied to religious practices that impact fasting and pilgrimage.

Easter and Christmas are observed by Christians living in the UAE, but they are not recognized as official UAE holidays. The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, does not go unnoticed either and is marked with a sudden explosion of colourful ornaments and attire adorning temples and equally jubilant Hindu worshipers.