As 2023 unfolds, many of us in the UAE are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming public holidays. These cherished breaks provide the perfect opportunity to plan exciting staycations, relaxing getaways, or even explore more of the vibrant city of Dubai. With a total of 14 public holidays lined up throughout the year, there’s no shortage of time to make unforgettable memories and experience all that Dubai and the UAE have to offer.
The first public holiday of the year, New Year’s Day, kickstarted the festivities, falling on a Sunday, which undoubtedly set a positive tone for the months ahead. However, the real excitement began with Eid al Fitr, which brought with it a four-day weekend from April 20 to April 23. The UAE was abuzz with celebrations as residents and visitors alike joined in the festivities.
Following soon after was Arafat Day, an essential part of the week-long Hajj pilgrimage, which took place on Tuesday, June 27. Arafat Day was closely followed by Eid al Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, observed on June 28, 29, and 30. This significant holiday in the Islamic calendar was marked by grand celebrations across the UAE.
In July, another public holiday awaits, this time to commemorate Islamic New Year on Wednesday, July 19. Falling on the first day of the month of Muharram, this occasion may result in an extended three-day weekend, possibly starting from Friday, July 21.
The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday, a momentous day for the Islamic community, follows next, with a public holiday on Wednesday, September 27. This holiday presents an excellent opportunity for reflection and celebration.
As the year comes to a close, the UAE prepares to celebrate its National Day in December. Commemoration Day falls on Friday, December 1, followed by National Day on Saturday, December 2. Although these holidays fall over the weekend, leading to a long weekend for most workers, they remain significant occasions of national pride and patriotism.
With an impressive list of public holidays for 2023, residents and tourists have an abundance of opportunities to explore and travel. The city’s premier transport hub, Dubai International Airport (DXB), plays a pivotal role in facilitating seamless travel experiences. As one of the most significant aviation hubs globally, DXB opens up endless possibilities for travel enthusiasts. Whether you seek to embark on an international adventure or explore the neighboring emirates, Dubai International Airport offers access to a plethora of destinations worldwide.
As the year progresses, it’s essential to plan ahead to make the most of these public holidays. Whether you prefer to unwind in a luxurious resort, delve into the city’s cultural gems, or embark on an adventure to far-off lands, careful planning ensures you maximize your time and create lasting memories.
The UAE’s public holidays offer an opportunity to appreciate the country’s rich heritage, diverse culture, and warm hospitality. It’s a time for unity, joy, and togetherness as people from all walks of life come together to celebrate. So mark your calendars and prepare for an incredible year of festivities, exploration, and unforgettable experiences in the UAE.