Public Holidays UAE 2023

We may have just had a long weekend here in the UAE, but that can’t stop us thinking about the next one.

In the spirit of planning ahead, GRAZIA is here to keep you in the know about this year’s public holidays.

This year, 2023, has afforded us in the UAE many long weekends already including the four-day Eid Al Fitr break, the six-day Eid Al Adha and Arafat Day break and most recently the three-day weekend for Islamic New Year.

When will the remaining UAE public holidays fall in 2023?

While we’re over half way through the year, there’s still a few public holidays in the UAE to look forward to.

The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday

In the Islamic calendar, the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is observed on 12 Rabi’ Al-Awwal 1445, which correlates to September 29, 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. This means those in the UAE will have a three-day weekend at the end of September.

Commemoration Day & UAE National Day

The final public holidays for 2023 will fall on the first weekend in December, as the UAE observes Commemoration Day and National Day celebrations on December 1, 2 and 3.

Commemoration Day, which was previously known as Martyr’s Day, recognises the Emirati soldiers who have given their lives in service of their country. National Day marks the day when the seven emirates united together to become the United Arab Emirates under the leadership of the Father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed.

As always, all public holidays are subject to official confirmation by the UAE authorities.