UAE public holidays for 2025 announced

by Tanvir Awan
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The cabinet has unveiled the much-anticipated list of UAE public holidays for 2025, bringing cheers to both the public and private sectors. Here’s what you need to know:

UAE Public holidays calendar 2025

January 1, 2025: Start the year with a bang as everyone gets a day off to celebrate New Year’s Day.

Shawwal 1-3: Enjoy a delightful three-day break, subject to moonsighting. And if Ramadan extends to 30 days, mark your calendars for an extra day off on the 30th of Ramadan, adding to the joy of Eid Al Fitr.

Dhu Al Hijjah 9-12: The festivities continue with Arafa Day followed by Eid Al Adha, spanning from Dhu Al Hijjah 10 to 12.

Muharram 1: Welcome the Islamic New Year with a day off to reflect and celebrate.

Rabi Al Awwal 12: Pay homage to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on his birthday with a well-deserved break.

December 2 and 3, 2025: Wrap up the year with pride as we commemorate the 54th UAE National Day with a two-day holiday.

But wait, there’s more:

Flexibility: Need a long weekend? No problem! Except for Eid holidays, the Cabinet has allowed for the shifting of official holidays to the beginning or end of the week with a simple decision.

No Double Dipping: Unfortunately, if a public holiday falls on another public holiday or a weekend, it can’t be carried forward.

Local governments have the authority to sprinkle some extra holidays throughout the year for special occasions or reasons not covered in the main list.

With the repeal of Cabinet Resolution No. 27 of 2019, the spotlight is now on resolution No.27 of 2024, which promises an exciting year ahead. Stay tuned for more details as the official gazette publishes the resolution, coming into effect from January 1, 2025.

tanvir@dubainewsweek.com

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