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Everything to Know About Ramadan 2022 and the Next Public Holidays in the UAE

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.

While 2022 kicked off with an extra holiday as a result of the working week change in the UAE, the rest of the year will not witness any government-initiated holidays until the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Under the direction of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, public holidays for 2022 were announced back in 2020, confirming that the next one is to fall on Eid Al-Fitr.

The precise date of the beginning of Ramadan is to be confirmed closer to the date, according to the moon sighting, however, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, member of the Arab Federation of Space and Astronomy Sciences, predicted that Ramadan in 2022 is expected to fall on Saturday, April 2, 2022. He also predicted the Eid holidays accordingly, beginning from Monday, May 2, 2022. According to the Islamic calendar, the Eid holiday is predicted to lie from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3.

Based on a study conducted by Arabia Weather, astronomical circulations show that the central new moon is expected to fall on Friday, April 1 at 3:24 Mecca time. As the moon will remain in Mecca’s sky for 15 minutes, the age of the crescent will be about 15 hours, making it possible for a full crescent to form by Saturday, April 2, in all Arab countries.

Following Eid Al-Fitr, Arafat Day and Eid Al-Adha will be the following long breaks, marking July 8 and 9 on the calendar as days off—subjective to moon sightings. The Islamic New Year is also said to be a public day off, however, this day falls on a Saturday. The birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is listed on October 8, 2022, which also falls on a Saturday.

The end of 2022 will also see the UAE’s Commemoration Day and National Day, which fall on December 1 and 2, already marked as weekends.

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