The UAE government has announced the official holiday dates for 2025, giving residents and visitors a chance to plan their vacations and celebrations in advance. Here’s a breakdown of the public holidays for the coming year.

New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, January 1, 2025

The year kicks off with a public holiday on January 1, celebrating the New Year. It’s a perfect day to relax and enjoy time with family and friends as you welcome 2025.

Eid Al Fitr

Monday, March 31 – Wednesday, April 2, 2025 (Shawwal 1-3)

Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be celebrated with a three-day holiday from March 31 to April 2. Depending on the moon sighting, Ramadan might extend, potentially turning this into a five-day break if the weekend is included.

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Arafat Day & Eid Al Adha

Thursday, June 5 – Sunday, June 8, 2025 (Dhu Al Hijjah 9-12)

Arafat Day, based on the moon sighting, is expected to fall on Thursday, June 5, and is followed by Eid Al Adha, giving a four-day holiday period.

Islamic New Year

Thursday, June 26, 2025 (Muharram 1)

The Islamic New Year is observed with a holiday on June 26. Note that this date is an approximation and will be confirmed closer to the time based on the lunar calendar.

Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Birthday

Thursday, September 4, 2025 (Rabi Al Awwal 12)

The birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) will be observed on September 4. Like other Islamic holidays, this date is approximate and subject to lunar calendar confirmation.

Commemoration Day & National Day

Tuesday, December 2 – Wednesday, December 3, 2025

The end of the year will see a two-day holiday for Commemoration Day and the UAE National Day, celebrated on December 2 and 3. This marks the 54th National Day, continuing the tradition of a two-day celebration.

There’s also good news for those hoping for extended weekends. The resolution allows for holidays that fall on weekends to be moved to the beginning or end of the week, potentially lengthening breaks.

Local governments have the flexibility to approve additional holidays for special occasions or other reasons for their departments and institutions. So, keep an eye out for more holiday announcements as the year progresses.

With these dates in mind, it’s time to start planning your 2025 vacations and celebrations. Whether you’re staying in the UAE or traveling, these holidays provide perfect opportunities for rest, reflection, and enjoyment.