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Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year) in United Arab Emirates

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Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and a time of remembrance or mourning.

Local names

NameLanguage
رأس السنة الهجريةArabic
Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year)English
Hidschra (Islamisches Neujahr)German

Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year) 2014

Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year) does not occur in 2014
Note: Extra public holidays may be allocated before or after a public holiday in different years.
List of dates for other years

The Islamic year lasts for about 354 days and consists of 12 months. Muharram is the first month and some Muslims mark the start of the Islamic year on the first day of Muharram. Many Muslims fast during daylight hours on the ninth and 10th or 10th and 11th days of the month to mark the Day of Ashura (Yaumu-l 'Ashurah). This is the anniversary of the death of Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammed.

Muharram New Year

There may be some congestion around mosques on some days, particularly in the evenings, during Muharram.

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About Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year)

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Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year) Observances

Note: Extra public holidays may be allocated before or after a public holiday in different years.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunNov 32013Al-Hijra Public Sector Holiday (Islamic New Year)Extra Public Holiday 
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