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Eid Al Adha Public Holiday in Dubai – 2023

by Dubai Travel Planner

Eid Mubarak!

The UAE has announced the Eid Al-Adha public and private sector holiday dates for 2023.

Tuesday, 27 June will mark Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha will be observed from Wednesday 28 June to Friday 30 June 2023.

The exact dates are always subject to moon sighting; however, the Government has confirmed public holiday dates. Falling next to a weekend, many workers in the UAE will get a 6 day break.

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 al-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).

Conversely, it can be a great time of year for picking up a bargain through Dubai Summer Surprises and Eid sales.

Learn more about what’s happening in Dubai over Eid and June here.

“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, 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)

You can learn more about Dubai’s alcohol rules here.

Further Public Holidays in Dubai and the UAE

Dates for the remainder of 2023:

  • 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)

    You can find a full listing of Dubai’s public holidays and school holidays here

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