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Holiday Schedule

Listed below are the official U.S. holidays and the estimated UAE holidays that Embassy Abu Dhabi and Consulate General Dubai will observe during calendar year 2016.

The UAE government and religious authorities adjust dates of observance for some local holidays.  Therefore, dates may vary from the estimates below.

Holiday Schedule

New Year’s Day (observed)                       Dec 31, 2015              Thursday            USA
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.            Jan 17, 2016                 Sunday               USA
Washington’s Birthday**         Feb 14, 2016             Sunday                USA
The Prophet’s Ascension Day*   May 5, 2016           Thursday          UAE
Memorial Day  May 29, 2016 Sunday           USA
Independence Day (observed)                     July 4, 2016         Monday              USA   
Eid Al Fitr*     July 7-9, 2016                   Thurs-Sat              UAE
Labor Day                        Sep 4, 2016 Sunday         USA 
Arafat (Haj) Day*                          Sep 12, 2016          Monday       UAE
Eid Al Adha*                     Sep 13-15, 2016           Tues-Thurs           UAE
Islamic New Year*                       Oct 2, 2016     Sunday         UAE
Columbus Day                         Oct 9, 2016           Sunday              USA
Veterans Day (observed)                   Nov 10, 2016              Thursday              USA
Thanksgiving Day                         Nov 24, 2016          Thursday          USA
Martyr's Day                     Nov 30, 2016             Wednesday               UAE
National Day Dec 2, 2016  Friday UAE
The Prophet’s Birthday*                        Dec 12, 2016        Monday       UAE
Christmas Day         Dec 25, 2016               Sunday            USA


*Denotes UAE religious holidays.  Dates for religious holidays are dependent upon the sighting of the moon and are likely to vary from the above estimated dates.  Mission holidays will be determined and announced based upon the decision made by UAE Government authorities.