UAE public holidays in 2023

The first public holiday of 2023 was on New Year’s Day, which fell on a Sunday. There will be a further 13 public holidays after this.

2023 UAE holidays have been announced.

From New Year's Day to UAE National Day, here is a complete list of public holidays in UAE in 2023 for both private and public sectors.

2023 UAE Public Holidays in 2023

The new year has begun with a bang, and the UAE is gearing up for another exciting year filled with festivities and celebrations. As we welcome 2023, it's essential to know when the public holidays are so you can plan your time and make the most of these special days. So, let's dive right into the UAE's holiday calendar for 2023.

New Year's Day - January 1, 2023 (Sunday)
The year kicked off with a day of celebration, as New Year's Day fell on a Sunday in 2023. It's a time for resolutions, fresh starts, and gatherings with friends and family.

But the good news is, the holiday festivities don't end there. In fact, there are a total of 14 public holidays in the UAE in 2023, each offering a unique opportunity to relax, have fun, and create lasting memories.

Eid al-Fitr - April 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2023
Eid al-Fitr, one of the most significant Islamic holidays, is a time of joy and thanksgiving. It marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. In 2023, Eid al-Fitr extends over four days, from April 20 to April 23, providing ample time to celebrate with loved ones, exchange gifts, and savor delicious feasts.

Arafat Day - June 27, 2023
Arafat Day is a significant date in the Islamic calendar, observed on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It's a day of fasting and devotion, culminating in the pilgrimage to Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia. For residents in the UAE, it's a day to reflect on the significance of this occasion.

Eid al-Adha - June 28, 29, and 30, 2023
Eid al-Adha, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice," is a time when Muslims around the world commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. In 2023, this holiday spans three days, from June 28 to June 30, providing an extended period for celebrations, prayers, and acts of charity.

Islamic New Year - July 19, 2023
The Islamic New Year, also known as the Hijri New Year or Islamic New Moon, marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar year. It's a time for reflection, setting new goals, and seeking blessings for the year ahead.

Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Birthday - September 27, 2023
The birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a day to celebrate his life and teachings. It's an occasion for prayer, reflection, and acts of kindness. The holiday falls on September 27 in 2023.

Commemoration Day - December 1, 2023
Commemoration Day is a time to remember and honor the sacrifices made by Emirati soldiers who have given their lives in the line of duty. It's a day of national pride and reflection.

National Day - December 2 and 3, 2023
UAE National Day is a grand celebration of the union of the emirates and the birth of the nation. In 2023, the holiday spans two days, December 2 and 3, allowing for an extended period of festivities, including parades, fireworks, and cultural events.

Please note that while these dates are accurate at the time of writing, holiday dates may be subject to change. It's always advisable to verify the dates with official sources or government announcements for the most up-to-date information.

On these public holidays, most government institutions, banks, and businesses will be closed. However, essential services such as hospitals and supermarkets usually remain open to cater to your needs.

Now that you have the complete list of UAE public holidays for 2023, you can plan your year accordingly. Whether it's spending quality time with family, exploring the UAE's cultural events, or taking a short trip, these holidays offer the perfect opportunities to make memories and enjoy your well-deserved free time in the Emirates.