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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.

Covered bazaar in Ardabil in the northwest of Iran where black banners and flags with Arabic writing mark the month of Muharram, the Islamic month of mourning.

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About Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)

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Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016SunOct 2Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2017ThuSep 21Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2018ThuSep 13Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2019SatAug 31Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2020SunAug 23Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)National holiday
2021ThuAug 12Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) (Tentative Date)National holiday
2022SatJul 30Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) (Tentative Date)National holiday

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