Long Weekends in 2016

Three long weekends left this year!

18 October 2016

We’re pretty lucky with the number of holidays we receive in the UAE. Add this to our proximity to so many amazing destinations that are just a three or four hour flight away and we've got a pretty good gig!

In fact, you don’t even need to get on a plane to plan a holiday – why not staycation here in the Emirates or for the more adventurous take a road trip to Muscat!Whatever your holiday

With only two full months left of 2016 it’s pretty incredible that there are still three long weekends left!

Still confused about when the days off are happening? Here’s a quick guide for you:November 30 (Wednesday) – Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day is a new public public holiday and is fixed on November 30. The day was declared by His Higness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2015 to honour Emiratis who have died for their country.

December 2 (Friday) – National Day

The UAE National Day is fixed on December 2 each year (and it’s my personal favourite holiday of the year!). The day is a celebration of the Emirates as we see the country draped in the national colours. As the holiday falls on a Friday this year, it is highly possible that Thursday will be granted a public holiday making November 30 – December 3 a long weekend!

Check out our UAE National Day holiday packages starting from AED2,150! 

December 11 (Sunday) – Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.

In 2016, December 12 is forecast to fall on Monday. A day off work is granted, but it could be moved to Sunday to create a long weekend.

The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

January 1 (Sunday) –  New Year’s Day

While not technically in 2016, New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday making December 30 – January 1 a three-day weekend! Sounds like a good excuse to welcome 2017 in style!