The United Arab Emirates culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam, traditional Arab and Bedouin culture, thus the UAE public holidays 2012 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.
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 UAE Public Holidays 2012. 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 2012 calendar is based on estimates only. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the 2012 UAE holiday calendar.
List of 2012 UAE Holidays
2012 UAE Holidays
International New Year’s Day New Year 2012
Sunday, 1 January 2012
Mouloud – Birth of the Prophet Mohammed
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Israa & Miaraj Night / Leilat al-Meiraj – Ascension of the Prophet Isra Miraj
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Start of Ramadhan
Friday, 20 July 2012
Eid al-Fitr – End of Ramadan, 3-days public holiday Eid 2012
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Arafat (Haj) Day
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Eid al-Adha / Qurban – Feast of the Sacrifice, a 3-days public holiday Qurban 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012