UAE announces Islamic New Year holiday for government employees

Federal Authority for Government Human Resources says Muharram 1, 1441 to be day-off for public sector workers

The Islamic New Year holiday has been announced.
The Islamic New Year holiday has been announced.

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAGHR) confirmed that the Islamic New Year holiday will be on the first day of Muharram, with the agency stating on its official social media channels that Muharram 1, 1441 would be a holiday for public sector and federal government workers. 

Local daily Khaleej Times reported that the Islamic New Year was expected to begin on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, thereby giving UAE residents a three-day weekend.

The official date is set to be determined by the sighting of the moon.

FAGHR extended its congratulations on the occasion to President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates; the people of the UAE and Arab and Islamic nations.

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