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Annually, there are ten official Dubai holidays. Seven of the ten are important dates on the Islamic calendar. The other 3 holidays are the Western adopted holidays – Christmas, National Day (Independence Day) and New Year’s day.

I believe we have seven holidays in USA on average, although this varies by company. I know Sunil had 17 holidays at one point. But part of that was an annual shut down period. Nevertheless, 5 main dates of the 7 dates on the Islamic calendar are tied to the faith of Islam.

The ascension of the Prophet (Al Isr’a Wal Mairaj) and the Prophet’s birthday (Maulid Al-Nabi) are two significant holidays celebrated in Dubai. The others are the commencement of the Ramadan period and the 2 festival holidays, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

Both last multiple days and one could say that Dubai actually has more than 10 holi-DAYS. National Day also usually lasts 2-3 days.

Dependence on Mother Nature

Certain Islamic nations rely on nature to begin and end their holidays. Yes there are still some that rely on the position of the earth, moon and sun. This is because traditional Islamic holidays were invariably determined by looking at the skies.

This is still true even today for some (very few left) Islamic nations. In fact there are a handful (Kuwait is one of them) that just predict when they are without even completely examining the skies. It’s incredible how somebody can do this.

And because it is hard to convert the lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar (the one you and I have at home), exact holidays can be difficult to pin point on our calendars. Most of the time people depend on a gunshot that is fired to commence the holiday. Others find out through media – newspapers, TV and radio.

Since Dubai is much advanced and should accommodate its more than four fifths international community, it has marked the holidays on its annual calendar. Imagine working in Dubai for a US company and trying to guess when your holiday will start and end?

Not All Islamic Countries Follow The Holidays in Dubai

A couple of important things to keep in mind are that though the Dubai holidays discussed here are correct for Dubai, they might not be accurate for other Gulf States, notably Saudi Arabia.

Every Emirate or Country is free to observe holidays as they want. For example, only two of the ten holidays in Dubai are also celebrated in Saudi Arabia. I simply want to ensure you have no doubt on that important fact.

The other factor is the fact that the duration of holidays might also differ from one nation or state to another. Actually even within the same state (take Dubai for instance), the public, private and government sectors all follow different holiday lengths.

For the most part, the government workers enjoy longer breaks than those in the private sector. This is similar to the US. Government staff here typically have more days off than somebody working in a company.

Dubai Guide : The Complete Dubai Holidays Calendar. Complete Dubai city guide including arts & culture, things to do, restaurants, bars, hotels, events and where to go, plus latest Dubai news. Dubai information guide with tourist information, things to do, Dubi attractions, best restaurants, upcoming events, business directory, Dubia jobs, education and business listing.

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