Public Holidays in Dubai for 2018
Starting the new year sparks the time honoured tradition of selecting the very best of the New Year’s calendars you’ve undoubtedly been given as gifts or heading out and buying your own and then quickly as possible scrawling down all of the most important dates of the year.
You’ll be including birthdays, anniversaries, major events and, of course, all of the public holidays you’ll be taking off in 2018 in Dubai. That’s always a fun activity, isn’t it?
Make a note of the following dates because if you book your cheap hotel in Dubai in advance, you can get yourself some pretty great deals.
The Public Holidays in Dubai for 2018 will be as follows:
- Monday the 1st of January was New Year’s Day
- Friday the 13th of April may be Isra’a Wal Mi’raj, depending on the moon
- Thursday the 14th of June may be Eid Al Fitr, depending on the moon
- Monday the 20th of August may be Arafat (Haj) Day, depending on the moon
- Tuesday the 21st of August may be Eid Al Adha (3 days), depending on the moon
- Tuesday the 11th of September may be Al Hijri (Islamic New Year), depending on the moon
- Tuesday the 20th of November may be Milad Un Nabi, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (PBUH), depending on the moon
- Friday the 30th of November will be Commemoration Day
- Sunday the 2nd of December will be UAE National Day
Of course, the Islamic calendar’s holiday dates vary each year depending on sightings of the moon, so please be aware that most of these days may change nearer to the date.
New Year’s Day (01/01/2018)
New Year’s Day, on the 1st of January, marks the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar and is followed by the majority of countries, including the United Arab Emirates although the Islamic New Year is celebrated separately.
Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (13/04/2018)
This holiday is set out to mark when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made his journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and proceeded to ascend to heaven.
Eid Al Fitr (14/06/2018)
Following Ramadan, Eid Al Fit marks the end of Ramadan and lasts for around three days.
Arafat Day (20/08/2018)
Arafat Day is the second day of the yearly pilgrimage to Haj.
Eid Al Adha (21/08/2018)
Eid Al Adha will likely follow Arafat Day and may result in a longer holiday period. Eid Al Adha is set to mark Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God.
Hijri, Islamic New Year (11/09/2018)
The Hijri, the Islamic New Year, will mark year 1439 according to the Islamic Calendar.
Milad Un Nabi (20/11/2018)
This holiday marks Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday.
Commemoration Day (30/11/2019)
Commemoration Day is set out to honour Emiratis who have fallen in the line of duty for their country.
UAE National Day (02/12/2018)
UAE National Day in 2018 will give the Emiratis the chance to celebrate 47 years since the creation of the United Arab Emirates and the unification of the seven emirates.