Many UAE residents plan their annual leave well ahead to attend weddings or other celebrations in their home countries. Additionally, with the scorching summer temperatures, some residents prefer cooler climes and plan vacations abroad, taking into account the visa challenges faced by UAE travelers to popular European destinations. This article will explore the long weekends and holiday breaks that UAE residents can look forward to in 2023 and 2024. Planning your vacations and personal events in advance can help you make the most of these opportunities.
Remaining Long Weekends in 2023
As we are halfway through 2023, UAE residents have two more long weekends to look forward to. The first long weekend will occur during the new Hijri year from Friday, July 21, to Sunday, July 23. The second long break will be from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1. The final holiday of the year to mark the UAE National Day falls on December 2 and 3 (Saturday and Sunday).
9-Day Holiday in 2024
For those planning significant events or vacations in 2024, the good news is that they will likely enjoy an extended 9-day break in the first half of the year, during the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
The holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday, March 11, 2024, and span over 30 days. Consequently, Eid Al Fitr is expected to be on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
Dates and Holidays
According to the UAE government announcement, Eid Al Fitr holidays are awarded to public and private sector employees from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. This means that UAE employees will get a break from Monday, April 8, till Friday, April 12. By including two weekends, UAE employees will get a nine-day break from Saturday, April 6, till Sunday, April 14.
Astronomy Society’s Projections
The expected dates released by the Emirates Astronomy Society align with the projected dates on the Islamic Finder website. Eid Al Adha in 2024 is likely to begin on Monday, June 17, according to UAE Barq, quoting Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Emirates Astronomy Centre. If Eid Al Adha falls on the announced date, then UAE employees will get a five-day break from Saturday, June 15, till Wednesday, June 19.
The Hijri Calendar
It is essential to note that unlike the Gregorian calendar, which has fixed days, the Islamic (or Hijri) calendar is based on moon sightings. Consequently, dates are subject to change based on the moon’s appearance.
Making the Most of Long Weekends
With the possibility of long weekends and holiday breaks, it’s crucial to plan your vacations and events ahead of time. Start by checking your work schedule and aligning it with the anticipated long weekends. Research your desired destinations and plan your trip accordingly, considering travel and accommodation options.
Early Booking Benefits
Given the popularity of holiday destinations during long weekends, it’s advisable to book flights and accommodations well in advance. Early booking often offers cost savings and ensures availability, especially during peak travel seasons.
Exploring the UAE
While some residents may choose to travel abroad, the UAE itself offers numerous attractions and experiences for a perfect staycation. From luxury resorts and pristine beaches to adventurous desert safaris, the country boasts a diverse range of activities for everyone.
Embracing the Culture
During your vacations, make sure to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions of your destination. Interact with locals, savor the regional cuisine, and explore historical sites to gain a deeper appreciation of the place you are visiting.
Wherever your travels take you, remember the importance of responsible tourism. Respect the environment, support local businesses, and adhere to the cultural norms and regulations of the country you are visiting.
Planning your vacations and personal events in advance can help you make the most of long weekends and holiday breaks. Whether you decide to explore the UAE or venture abroad, careful planning will ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience. Embrace new cultures, create lasting memories, and return refreshed from your well-deserved breaks.
FAQ 1: Can I rely solely on the projected dates for Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha?
While the projected dates are based on astronomical calculations, they are subject to moon sightings. It’s essential to keep an eye on official announcements from the UAE government for the final confirmation of holiday dates.
FAQ 2: Are there any additional public holidays I should consider?
Apart from the long weekends and Eid holidays, keep an eye on announcements from the UAE government for any additional public holidays that may be declared during the year.
FAQ 3: Can I plan a destination wedding during the long weekends?
Absolutely! Long weekends can be an excellent opportunity for a destination wedding, allowing guests to have an extended break and attend your special day.
FAQ 4: How can I make the most of a 9-day holiday?
For a 9-day holiday, consider exploring international destinations or taking an extended road trip within the UAE to maximize your time off.
FAQ 5: Are there any restrictions on moon sighting during Eid holidays?
The UAE government may impose restrictions on moon sighting during Eid holidays to ensure accurate and consistent holiday dates across the country.