We will update this page short for 2021 – please bear in mind dates and activities below still reflect the situation in Dubai in Summer 2020.
The UAE has announced the public and private sector holiday dates for Eid Al-Adha.
Thursday, 30 July will mark Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha will be observed from Friday, 31 July to Sunday, 2 August 2020.
The exact dates are yet to be confirmed as they rely on moon sightings, however, the public holiday dates are confirmed by the Government.
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, but due to Covid-19 measures this year, the Government has requested families to limit gathering sizes and pass their good wishes online instead.
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 as it’s a very popular time of year for local families to take staycations.
Conversely, it can be a great time of year for picking up a bargain through Dubai Summer Surprises and Eid sales.
“Dry Night” in Dubai
During this religious occasion, by order of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), bars and restaurants will cease selling alcohol from 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 28 July. Service will resume after 7:30 pm on Thursday, 30 July 2020.
Further public holidays in Dubai and the UAE
Dates for the remainder of 2021:
- Islamic New Year: 9 August 2021, observed Sunday 12 August 2021
- Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) Birthday: 18 August, observed Sunday 21 October 2021
- Commemoration Day: Tuesday, 1 December
- UAE National Day: Wednesday, 2 December and Thursday, 3 December