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Dubai Public Holidays 2020

by Dubai Travel Planner

Jump forward to Dubai Public Holidays in 2021

Looking to plan your trip around Dubai’s public holidays?  Here’s a guide of what to expect in 2020 in Dubai:

  • Gregorian New Year: 1 January 2020 (1 day)
  • Eid Al Fitr: From last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (approx 23 to 26 May –  4 days)
  • Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice):  From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (approx  30 July to August 2020 –  4 days)
  • Hijri New Year: 1 Muharram*  (23 August in 2020 – 1 day)
  • The Prophet’s Mohammed birthday: 29 October in 2020
  • Commemoration Day: 1 December 2020 (1 day)
  • National Day: 2 and 3 December (2 days)

*Islamic holidays are determined according to moon sighting.

Dubai Public Holidays 2019-2020
Source: @uaegov

Hijri Calendar to Gregorian Calendar

The Hijri Calendar moves forward by approximately 10 days more than the Gregorian Calendar every year. There is a good translation tool here from IslamicFinder.org to understand when important days on the Hijri Calendar will translate to:

Prayer Times in Dubai

You can also check out our guide here to the daily prayer times in Dubai. There isn’t much you need to do as a non-Muslim tourist at prayer times, but it has some great tips on understanding exactly WHAT is happening and WHY. We also share some extra pointers on how you can have a more immersive Islamic experience during your trip to Dubai.


You can see our complete guide to the best times to visit Dubai here

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