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

Start of Ramadhan
Start of Ramadan 2014
Sunday, 29 June 2014

Eid al-Fitr – End of Ramadan, 3-days public holiday
Eid 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Thursday, 31 July 2014

Arafat (Haj) Day
Day of Arafa 2014
Saturday, 4 October 2014

Eid al-Adha / Qurban – Feast of the Sacrifice, a 3-days public holiday
Qurban 2014
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Monday, 6 October 2014
Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Al-Hijra / Hijri New Year’s Day
Islamic New Year 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

UAE National Day – a 2-days public holiday
National Day 2014
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Wednesday, 3 December 2014

We hope this UAE holidays 2012 calendar is useful for you and wish you Happy UAE Holidays 2012 !