There will be no UAE public holidays on Israa and Miraj

Eid Al Fitr, the next UAE public holiday, will take place in mid-May.

Krystien Meyers
March 9, 2021 4:17 PM

Employees in the UAE's public and private sectors will not be given a holiday in 2021 to commemorate Al Israa Wal Miraj.

This is in line with the UAE Cabinet's declaration of unified public and private sector holidays in March 2019. The public sector is given the same number of vacation days as the private sector. Over the last two years, the UAE Cabinet has approved a single holiday list that has simplified work in both the public and private sectors.

Isra Wal Miraj was not listed as a public holiday on the list published in, and it has been that way for the past two years. The date is scheduled to fall on Thursday, March 11, 2021, according to the Gregorian calendar this year.

Eid Al Fitr is the next public holiday.

However, This week's dry night has been confirmed, and the strict rules will apply to all bars and restaurants in the UAE. House drinks will not be available in the UAE from 6 PM on Wednesday, March 10 until 7 PM on Thursday, March 11.


  • Gregorian New Year: January 1 (1 day)
  • Eid Al Fitr: May 12* (4 days)
  • Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha: July 19 and on July 20* (4 days)
  • Hijri New Year: August 12* (1 day)
  • Prophet Mohammed's birthday: October 21 (1 day)
  • Commemoration Day: December 1 (1 Day)
  • National Day: December 2 and 3 (2 days)
  • *Note: Islamic holidays are determined according to moon sighting.

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