National Day holidays for UAE public, private sector workers announced

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Both public and private sector employees in the United Arab Emirates will be given a holiday from Wednesday December 1 to Friday December 3 to celebrate the country’s 50th National Day, state news agency WAM reported.

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Employees will return to work on Sunday December 5, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced.

National Day is celebrated every year on December 2 in the UAE, commemorating the day in 1971 in which founder Sheikh Zayed united six of the seven emirates that make up the country.

The seventh, Ras al-Khaimah, joined the union five weeks later.

The long weekend also marks Commemoration Day – a day of remembrance for fallen Emirati soldiers that has been held officially on November 30 since 2015.

National Day celebrations typically involve fireworks and parades across the seven emirates.

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