2017 UAE Public Holiday Calendar

The end of the 20016 is fast approaching, with 2017 soon to rear its head.

The list of UAE holidays for 2017 has been released, so go ahead and plan that well-deserved vacation and holidays. Maximize your leaves next year as you can surely take a long weekend as majority of the holiday falls on working days.

So they called its 2017 as year of long weekends. Plans are nothing. Planning is everything. So, for the UAE Residents, this calendar will help you reach your travel goals.

The proclamations declaring holidays for the observances shall be issued after their approximate dates have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar.


Sunday January 1 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, public sectors will be getting a three-day weekend.

Monday April 24 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj

The holiday marks the night that the Prophet Muhammad travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and then ascended to heaven.

Thursday May 25 (dependent on moon sighting) – Ramadan is expected to begin

UAE labour law stipulates that all workers are entitled to work two hours less each day throughout Ramadan, and still be paid for a full day.

Sunday June 25 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Fitr

The holiday that signifies the end of Ramadan is marked though this date might change due to the sightings of the moon.

Thursday August 31 (dependent on moon sighting) – Arafat Day

This marks the second day of the annual pilgrimage of Haj.

Friday September 1 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Adha 

This holiday marks Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.

Thursday September 21 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Hijri, Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year in 2017 will mark the year 1438.

Thursday November 30 – Commemoration Day

A holiday to honour the Emiratis who died while protecting the UAE.

Thursday November 30 (dependent on moon sighting) – Milad Un Nabi

This day marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is announced by the moon-sighting committee, so this may still be subject to change.

Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day

This day will mark the 46th UAE National Day, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971.