Looking to plan your trip to Dubai around Dubai’s public holidays? Here’s a guide to what to expect in 2023 in Dubai:
- New Year’s Day: 1 January 2023 (1 day)
- Eid Al Fitr: From the last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (approx. 20 April to 23 April 2023 – 4 days)
- Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (approx. 27 June to 30 June 2023 – 4 days)
- Hijri New Year: 1 Muharram* (Approx. 19 July 2023, date of observation 21 July 2023 – 1 day)
- The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday: Approx. 27 September 2023, observation 29 September 2023 – not always a public holiday
- Commemoration Day: 1 December 2023 (1 day)
- National Day (52nd Anniversary): 2 and 3 December 2023 (2 days)
Forward planning to 2024? Jump over here for our 2024 Public Holidays in Dubai Calendar
*Islamic holidays are determined according to moon sightings. The date a religious holiday is observed and the public holiday declared may be two different dates, particularly if it falls on a weekend, Friday- Sunday.
Note that the weekend in the UAE changed from 1 January 2022; Government working hours are now Monday to Friday lunchtime, and the weekend is Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hijri Calendar to Gregorian Calendar
The Hijri Calendar moves forward by approximately ten 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.
Dubai School Holidays 2023
There is both a public (MoE) and private (international) school sector in Dubai, governed by KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority). The dates they have stipulated as holidays in a three-term school year for September starting curriculums are:
- Winter Break 10 December to 1 January 2023 (schools return 2 January 2022)
- Spring Break 27 March to 7/14 April 2022 (International Schools/MoE Schools)
- Summer Break Not before 7 July 2023 until approximately 27 August 2023*
*The end of summer break is only anticipated until formally announced by the Government.
Other major events in Dubai & the UAE 2023
Here’s what’s already lined up for the 2023 Dubai Events Calendar:
- Dubai DutyFree Tennis Championship – February 19 to March 4, 2023 at the Dubai DutyFree Stadium
- Dubai World Cup – Horse racing season with premier events taking place February – March 2023
- Ramadan – the Holy Month from approx 22 March to 20 April 2023 – note, its not a public holiday but month-long religious observance
- nofilterDXB – November – dates TBC
- Diwali – 12 November 2023 – with a large Indian expat community, the event is widely celebrated in the UAE
- Christmas – 25 December 2023 – not a public holiday but widely observed within the retail and hospitality sector
- New Year’s Eve – 31 December 2023 always a spectacular night of fireworks and festivities not to be missed
Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai
- Pop into our essential planning information page, it includes everything you need to know about getting around Dubai, a handy guide on what to pack, and top tips for first-timers on the do’s and don’ts, laws, and customs to be aware of.
- Check out this incredible list of 150+ places you should visit when you’re in Dubai.
- Pick up a Dubai Pass from iVenture or a Go City Dubai Pass to save up to 50% on top Dubai attractions.
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