UAE releases calendar with dates of national holidays

The UAE government published the new year calendar also referred as Hijri calendar. The Arab countries preferable using the Hijri calendar, based on moon sighting rather than Gregorian calendar based on the sun. It consists of 12 months in a year of 354 to 355 days.

Hijri calendar is used widely by Muslim community to determine the proper days of Islamic holidays and rituals, such as the annual period of fasting and the proper time for the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hijri calendar’s epoch was retrospectively established as the Islamic New Year of AD 622. It is said that, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his followers migrated from Mecca to Yathrib (now Medina) and established the first Muslim community, an event commemorated as the Hijra.


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