Dubai Holidays and Festivals: A Guide to When Offices Are Closed

Holidays and Festivals

Here is a list of all the holidays and festivals in Dubai when offices are closed:

Fixed Holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Islamic New Year (Muharram, 1st day of the Islamic month)
  • Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Maulid an-Nabi, 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awal)
  • Commemoration Day (February 15)
  • UAE National Day (December 2-3)

Variable Holidays

  • Eid al-Fitr (1st day of Shawwal, the month that follows Ramadan)
  • Eid al-Adha (10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the month of the Islamic pilgrimage)
  • Arafah Day (9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah)

In addition to these holidays, there are also a number of other festivals that are celebrated in Dubai, such as the Dubai Shopping Festival, the Dubai Food Festival, and the Dubai International Jazz Festival. These festivals are not public holidays, but many offices and schools will close for them.

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