The United Arab Emirates cultures are mostly influenced by traditional Arab and Bedouin culture as well as the religion of Islam. Therefore, many major Islamic festivals are observed as public holidays in the UAE. Unlike some other Middle Eastern countries with strong Islamic beliefs, the UAE celebrates the International New Year’s Day as an addition to Islamic festivals every year. This is due to the UAE’s predicate as international trade hub around the world.
The UAE have applied 5 government work days since the year of 1998, but the private sectors are free to choose their own work days and holidays. Starting from September 2006, the public sector workers are granted days off every Friday and Saturday while days off for the private sector workers depend on the employment contract agreed by the employers and employees beforehand.
The list of UAE public holidays is available below. Please note that the dates of Islamic festivals are determined through various phase of moon-sighting. Therefore, the dates of the holidays change from year to year. The information concerning UAE public holidays 2013 calendar below is based on estimate. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the UAE holidays calendar.