In the UAE’s corporate landscape, a long weekend awaits private sector employees this month. Friday, September 29, has been declared a paid public holiday to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PHUB), as announced by the MOHRE, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation on X (formerly known as Twitter). Both public and private sector workers will enjoy the same holiday, as this decision comes after the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources established that both sectors will have an equal number of holidays.
It’s important to note that different countries commemorate Prophet Mohammed (PHUB)’s birth anniversary in different ways. While some communities observe the holiday by dressing themselves and their families in bright colors, select Middle Eastern countries see their streets come alive with vibrant decorations, creating a festive atmosphere. The joy of the occasion is shared as food and delectable sweets are generously distributed among the public, while fairs offer a myriad of delightful experiences for children.
The holiday is known as ‘Mawlid al-Nabi’ in Arabic — translating to the Prophet’s (PBUH) birthday. Although the occasion takes place on September 27, which is the 12th of Rabi Ul Awal, the holiday itself is on September 29.
Two additional national holidays remain on the calendar for the remainder of the year. Commemoration Day (Martyrs Day), pays tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation, and National Day, celebrates the country’s establishment. Commemoration Day is scheduled for Friday, December 1, with National Day trailing closely behind, ushering in another extended weekend.