|Jan 01||Sunday||New Year’s Day|
|Apr 24||Monday||Leilat al-Meiraj (The Prophet’s Ascension)|
|May 25||Thursday||Ramadan begins|
|Jun 25||Sunday||Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)|
|Jun 27||Tuesday||Eid-al-Fitr Holiday 1|
|Jun 28||Wednesday||Eid-al-Fitr Holiday 2|
|Aug 31||Thursday||Arafat (Haj) Day|
|Sep 01||Friday||Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)|
|Sep 02||Saturday||Eid-al-Adha Holiday 1|
|Sep 03||Sunday||Eid-al-Adha Holiday 2|
|Sep 21||Thursday||Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)|
|Nov 30||Thursday||Mouloud (The Prophet’s Birthday)|
|Nov 30||Thursday||Commemoration Day|
|Dec 02||Saturday||National Day|
|Dec 31||Sunday||New Year’s Eve|
|First day for teaching staff||21st August, 2016|
|First day for students||28th August, 2016|
|Winter break||18th December, 2016||3 weeks|
|Classes resume||8th January, 2017|
|Spring break||26th March,2017||2 weeks|
|Classes resume||9th April, 2017|
|Last day for students||22nd June, 2017|
|Last day for teachers||6th July, 2017|
New Year’s Day which is on January 1, marks the start of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday which is observed annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijiri calendar. The holiday marks the night Allah took Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Hijri calendar. The first day of Ramadan is just after the 29th or the 30th day of Shaaban. It is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Eid-al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat.
Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice), is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holiest of the two. It honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to Allah’s command, before Allah intervened, through his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year. It is the day on which the year count is incremented. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
Martyrs’ Day is observed in the UAE on November 30 every year to salute the martyrdom of Emirati heroes who lost their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation.
National Day is celebrated on 2nd December each year in the United Arab Emirates. It marks the UAE’s formal nationalisation and the eventual, federal unification of the seven emirates in 1971 which combined to form the modern-day country, headed by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the federation’s first president.
Muslims observe the Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal.
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