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

The Islamic New Year is on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar.

Is Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) a Public Holiday?

Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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 (Islamic New Year)

Read more about Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).

Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuOct 15Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2016SunOct 2Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2017ThuSep 21Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2018ThuSep 13Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2019SunSep 1Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2020ThuAug 20Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday

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