The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken a significant step towards promoting cultural diversity and work-life balance by declaring a paid public holiday for private sector employees on September 29, 2023. This holiday, dedicated to celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), aligns with the UAE Cabinet Resolution on approved public holidays for 2023. It exemplifies the UAE’s commitment to recognizing and respecting various cultures and religions, fostering an environment of inclusivity and harmony.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has officially declared Friday, September 29, 2023 (14 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1445H), as a fully paid public holiday for employees in the private sector. This decision aims to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The announcement was made through a circular issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, aligning with the UAE Cabinet Resolution that outlines the approved public holidays for both the public and private sectors for the year 2023.
This move underscores the UAE’s commitment to acknowledging and celebrating important religious and cultural occasions while promoting work-life balance for its residents. Employees in the private sector now have the opportunity to observe this significant religious event without any work-related obligations.
The UAE continues to uphold its tradition of inclusivity and respect for diverse cultures and faiths, fostering an environment where all residents can celebrate their religious and cultural festivities. This gesture also reflects the nation’s dedication to supporting the well-being and happiness of its workforce, contributing to a harmonious and inclusive society.
Private sector employees are encouraged to take advantage of this holiday to engage in religious and cultural activities, spend time with their families, and reflect on the teachings and values of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The UAE government’s decision to grant this holiday serves as a testament to its commitment to honoring its rich heritage and promoting unity and cultural diversity among its residents.