UAE residents are to enjoy another long weekend this week due to the upcoming Islamic New Year on Thursday, 12th August 2021, as announced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

The holiday is in celebration of the beginning of the new Islamic year, 1442, when the Prophet Mohammed migrated from Makkah to Madinah. The Islamic calendar is based on a lunar system, unlike the Gregorian calendar which is based on the solar system. Muharram marks the first month of the new Islamic year. Muslims do not celebrate the said holiday with public festivities and hotels and bars have been instructed not to serve alcohol nor host live entertainment.

Likewise, Henry Wiltshire International will also be following the government’s mandate. Our office will be closed on 12th August for one day and will resume full business operations on 15th August. Nonetheless, our property consultants can be reached anytime for any sales or leasing enquiries you may have.

Upcoming Holidays

There are a few more holidays expected in the UAE including the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday which is expected to fall around 18th – 19th October, giving residents one day holiday.  The Commemoration Day, where the people who lost their lives by serving the country are remembered and celebrated, will be on 30th November and the UAE’s 50th National Day will be on 2nd December.


Source: Gulf News 04.08.2021

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