United Arab Emirates 2011 Public Holidays

The United Arab Emirates culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam, traditional Arab and Bedouin culture, thus the UAE holidays 2011 are influenced mostly by Islamic festivals. However, as an advanced country (Dubai, Abu Dhabi are well-known trade and financial hubs in Middle East) with strong international trade ties to economies around the world, UAE also celebrate the International New Year’s Day on 1st January annually; unlike many other Middle Eastern Islamic country.

See also: UAE Holidays 2012

In 1998, the UAE introduced a five-day government working week, but left the private sector to make its own decisions. Since September 2006, weekends are Fridays and Saturdays, for civil servants. The change is optional for private sector companies. The UAE also allow some flexibility to the private sector to determine the length of the off-days in the holidays / festivals.

Below is the list of holidays in UAE 2011. Take note that Islamic festivals are based on Islamic calendar, which is determined with various moon phase sighting. Thus, the holiday dates changes every year. This UAE public holidays 2011 calendar is based on estimates only. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the 2011 UAE holiday calendar.

List Of 2011 UAE Public Holidays

UAE Holidays 2011 are:

International New Year’s Day
Saturday, 1 January 2011

Mouloud – Birth of the Prophet Mohammed
Thursday, 17 February 2011
(Shifted from Tuesday, 15 Februari 2011 to end of the week)

Israa & Miaraj Night / Leilat al-Meiraj – Ascension of the Prophet
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Start of Ramadhan
Monday, 1 August 2011

Eid al-Fitr – End of Ramadan, 3-days public holiday
Eid 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011

Arafat (Haj) Day
Saturday, 5 November 2011

Eid al-Adha / Qurban – Feast of the Sacrifice, a 3-days public holiday
Qurban 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Al-Hijra / Hijri New Year?s Day – Islamic New Year
Sunday, 27 November 2011

UAE National Day – a 2-days public holiday
Friday, 2 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011

Happy UAE Holidays 2011 !