Monday blues may be more prominent in the UAE as the year’s longest official holiday is over. Residents got a six-day weekend to mark Islamic festival Eid Al Adha and most of them are all set to return to office on Monday, July 3. This holiday fell in Zul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic Hijri calendar.
The Hijri New Year is just days away, which means another three-day weekend. According to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, president of the Emirates Astronomy Society (ESA), the new Hijri year (Muharram 1) is likely to be on Wednesday, July 19. However, as per the list of official holidays released by the UAE government, the holiday to mark the new year will be on Friday, July 21. This translates into a three-day weekend.
The fourth – and last – long break of 2023 will be on Friday, September 29, to mark Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. This will be another long weekend.