UAE public sector holiday announced for the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday

Day is marked by observance rather than celebration

ABU DHABI -  24th JUL 2020 - Abu Dhabi city has been lit with decorative lights on the accassion of Eid Al Adha. Rajesh Korde / The National
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Public sector employees in the UAE will have a holiday on Friday, September 29, to mark the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

The Federal Authority of Human Resources announced the news in a memo to all ministries and government agencies, state news agency Wam reported.

”Based on the decision of the Council of Ministers regarding the approved official holiday agenda for the government and private sectors in the country for the year 2023, it has been decided that the Prophet’s Birthday holiday will be on Friday, September 29, 2023," the memo said.

The holiday is marked by observance rather than celebration, with festivities kept to a minimum.

The public and private sectors in the Emirates typically have the same holidays.

While some of the longest breaks have already taken place this year, people can still enjoy some time off and long weekends, including to mark the Prophet Mohammed's birthday and National Day.

In November last year, the UAE Cabinet confirmed the dates of the country's holidays for public and private sector staff.

The government announced in 2019 that private sector employees would have the same number of holidays as government staff.

At the time, the government said the move aimed to achieve balance between the two sectors and support the national economy. Previously, public sector employees had more days off than those who worked for private companies.

Remaining holidays for 2023

September 29: the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday

December 2 and 3: UAE National Day

Updated: September 19, 2023, 3:11 AM