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UAE public and private sector to get Oct. 21 holiday to mark Prophet’s birthday

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Public and private sector employees in the United Arab Emirates will have October 21 as a holiday to mark Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, it was confirmed Sunday.

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The date of the holiday had previously been announced in December 2020 but was confirmed on Sunday for public sector employees in a circular issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, according to the official WAM news agency.

A separate announcement by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization confirmed that private sector employees would also get a paid holiday, according to WAM.

UAE upcoming holidays

Other public holidays this year include Commemoration Day, paying homage to the country’s armed forces, which will fall on December 1.

National Day holidays, commemorating the founding of the union in 1971, will fall on December 2 and 3.

Holidays in 2022 will include New Year’s Day (January 1), Eid al-Fitr (around May 1 depending on the moon sighting), Arafah Day (around July 8), Eid al-Adha (around July 9-11), Islamic New Year (July 30), the Prophet’s birthday (October 8), Commemoration Day (December 1), and National Day (December 2-3).

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