The next long holiday in the UAE is sooner than you think. The official holiday dates for Eid Al Adha have been announced for public and private sectors by The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. The holiday of Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha will begin on the 9th of Zul Hijjah month of the Islamic lunar calendar and last until the 12th. Which means there will be three days off for Eid al-Adha: holidays in the country will begin on Saturday, August 10 and end on Tuesday, August 13, with work resuming on August 14.
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Before the festival of Eid Al Adha, many Muslims travel to the Holy city of Mecca, the most sacred site in Islam, to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. Marking the end of Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Eid Al Adha holds the significance of the second largest religious holiday after Eid al-Fitr and is celebrated by billions of Muslims across the globe annually.
Celebrations of Eid Al Adha begin with Eid prayers held in mosques and large grounds called Eidgah. Eid greetings are exchanged between friends, family, even strangers. It is a fare of new clothes, variety of dishes and Eidiyah given as a gesture of goodwill.
The next public holidays to look out for is one for Islamic New Year, one for Commemoration Day and two for UAE National Day.