The UAE is getting a public holiday for Islamic New Year in September
There's another long weekend in the works in September as the Federal Authority for Human Resources in the UAE has announced a holiday for the Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year).
The authority said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM that Muharram 1, 1441 will be a holiday for the public sector/federal government workers.
UAE residents are expected to enjoy a long weekend as Sunday September 1 is expected to be announced as a holiday although the first day of the Hijri New Year will be officially determined following a moon sighting at the end of this month.
The Islamic New Year marks the arrival of the Prophet Mohammed to Madinah after emigrating from Makkah, marking the beginning of the Islamic era in 622 AD.
Earlier this year, the UAE announced that the holiday calendar would be unified for the public and private sectors.