Hijri New Year holiday announced for UAE private sector

Workers will be given the day off on Thursday September 13

A three-day weekend has been announced for the private sector in the UAE to celebrate the Islamic New Year.

It’s not long since Eid al-Adha, when many of us had days off in honour of the important public holiday.

But the next calendar milestone is already on the horizon, with workers getting a holiday on Thursday September 13 to celebrate Hijri.

The day off was declared by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation following a similar announcement for the public sector.

Normal hours will resume on Sunday September 16 following the holiday. The first day of the Islamic New Year will be announced in due course dependent on moon sighting.

The important occasion of Hijri is traditionally a time for Muslims to reflect on their faith.

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