Eid Al-Adha in Dubai (also called Eid ul-Adha) is a public and private sector holiday in the United Arab Emirates. The exact date for 2024 is yet to be announced and will be subject to both moon sightings and Government policy.
In 2024, we are expecting Arafat Day to fall on Saturday, 15 June, followed by at least 3 days of public and private sector holidays 16 to 18 June 2024.
What Do I Need to Know as a Visitor to Dubai During Eid?
Eid Al Adha is the Festival of the Sacrifice. It is the second and holier of the two occasions of Eid, marked by Muslims around the world. (The other Eid is Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan).
It begins on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which is the 12th and final month in the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. It is usually marked by large family gatherings and shared meals.
As a non-Muslim, there is nothing visitors to Dubai really need to observe during Eid, but do note it can be a much busier time of year.
Retail outlets may stay open until much later at night (or even 24 hours), and the price of accommodation can rise significantly as it’s a very popular time of year for local families to take staycations.
It is also an incredibly busy time of year at DXB airport as many use the long weekend to visit family and friends overseas (and this year, it will coincide with the start of school summer holidays for some).
Conversely, it can be a great time of year for picking up a bargain through Dubai Summer Surprises and Eid sales.
“Dry Nights” in Dubai
During religious occasions, by order of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), bars and restaurants in Dubai will cease selling alcohol.
This DID NOT happen in 2022 or 2023, so as we understand it, dry nights in Dubai will no longer be applied for religious occasions.
(NB, Abu Dhabi emirate stopped the practice of dry nights over religious occasions some years ago; we suspect Dubai may follow suit – but please be prepared that this may happen)
Eid al-Adha Fireworks in Dubai
We are still awaiting official word on fireworks and celebrations that will take place during Eid 2024.
Further Public Holidays in Dubai and the UAE
Forward planners, get your notebooks out as there are still a few more public holidays to come in 2024:
- Islamic New Year: 7 July 2024 (not always a public holiday, but Monday 8th may be declared)
- Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) Birthday: 15 September 2023 (not always a public holiday, but Monday 16th may be declared giving a 3-day weekend)
- Commemoration Day: 30 November (not always a public holiday, but expect it to be combined with Union Day celebrations)
- UAE Union (National) Day: 2 December 3 December 2024 (so likely 30 November to 3 December giving a 4-day long weekend)
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