Although the indicated dates are only a guide, finding out about the most important celebrations is a good introduction to the Muslim world before traveling there in person.
Public holidays in Dubai
- Christian New Year: 1 January.
- Islamic New Year (Al-Hijra): The first day of the first month of the Islamic Calender.
- Birth of the Prophet (Mouloud): Celebration of the birth of Muhammad.
- Succession of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan: 6 August. Commemoration of the day when the future first president of the UAE ascended to the throne.
- The Prophet's Ascension (Leilat al-Meiraj): Commemoration of the prophet Muhammed's ascension to heaven.
- Ramadan: Ninth-month in the Muslim calendar. For 30 days a daylight fast is observed, with food and drink only being consumed after sunset.
- The End of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr): Three-day festival in which the month-long fast is broken.
- Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha): With an unfixed date, this festival is one of the most important in the Muslim world. For four days, families meet up to feast on a sacrificed animal.
- National Day: Decembre 2. Celebration of the formation of the United Arab Emirates.
- Christian Christmas: 25 December.