As a middle-eastern Islamic country, The United Arab Emirates culture is strongly influenced by the religion of Islam, Bedouin and traditional Arab culture. Therefore, most UAE public holidays 2014 are made of Islamic festivals. Aside from Islamic festivals, the UAE also celebrate one international festival – New Year’s Day – on January 1 annually. UAE is one of a few Islamic countries in the middle east celebrating this festival. This is due to the UAE’s reputation as an advanced country with strong international trade relationship with many countries around the world.
The UAE introduce 5 working days for governmental staffs in the country in 1998, while the private sector companies are free to determine their working days and holidays. Fridays and Saturdays are considered weekend for civil servants since September 2006. Still, the UAE government let private sector companies choose their own holidays as well as the length of the holidays / festivals.
Here is the list of UAE Public Holidays 2014. Please note that most UAE holidays are made of Islamic festivals which are based on Islamic calendar determined through moon-sightings. In Western calendar, the dates of most holidays in UAE change every year. This UAE Public Holiday 2014 calendar is only an estimate. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the 2014 UAE holiday calendar.
List of 2014 UAE Holidays
2014 UAE Holidays
International New Year’s Day New Year 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Mouloud – Birth of the Prophet Muhammad Mawlid 2014
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Israa & Miaraj Night / Leilat al-Meiraj – Ascension of the Prophet Isra Miraj 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014