When will Eid Al Adha 2018 fall in the UAE? And a look at all the Remaining Holidays

With Ramadan out of the way for this year which immediately follows with Eid Fitr, we all awaits the grand Eid Al Adha.The biggest Islamic festival which is celebrated across the world and is famously noted for the slaughtering of animals to mark the journey Ibrahim took with his son Ismil.

And so the biggest question now is, when is the Eid Adha likely to fall this year? According to Gulf News;

”A UAE-based astronomer has predicted the dates for the next public holiday…

Ramadan and Eid Fitr are over and so there is of course the most important date on the Islamic calender with regards to when Eid Adha will be celebrated is what everyone awaits.

Gulf News reports that according the astrological calculations of an astronomer from the Sharjah Planetarium, Arafat Day (the day before Eid) is likely to fall on Tuesday, August 21.

This means that the first day of Eid Al Adha should be Wednesday, August 22 which, if all goes well, could result in a five-day weekend.

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A look at the Remaining Holidays in the Year 2018

Arafat Day

This marks the second day of the annual pilgrimage or hajj. At dawn on Arafat Day Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mecca to the hill called Mount Arafat. This is where Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his farewell sermon in the last year of his life.

Eid Al Adha

This holiday honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (which is why goats are symbolically sacrificed over this period). It is separate from Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

During the holiday period families get together and exchange gifts of sweets and perfume, and women often apply mehndi/henna designs to their hands.

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September 11 – Al Hijri – Islamic New Year

Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Expected to fall on Tuesday, September 11 in 2018.

The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.


November 20 – Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.

In 2018, November 20 falls on a Tuesday.

The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.


November 30 – Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day (sometimes referred to as Martyr’s Day) is a public holiday on November 30. The day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2015 to honour Emiratis who have died for their country.

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The remembrance will fall on a Friday in 2018.


December 2 – UAE National Day

The UAE’s National Day is fixed on December 2 each year. Although the UAE – or the Trucial States as it was known until 1971 – was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the Trucial States.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah made up the original UAE, with Ras Al Khaimah joining in a year later in 1972. 2018 will be the UAE’s 47th birthday.

One or two days are granted as public holidays, and as December 2 is a Sunday, we could enjoy a long weekend.

Sources: whatson.ae
             Gulfnews.com