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It looks like a long weekend is on the cards for the UAE.

Sunday, 1 September is likely to be Muharram 1, which is the first day of the Hijri New Year.

The beginning of the 1441 Hijri New Year

The month of Zul Hijjah is the final month of the Islamic new year. Muharram 1 will mark the start of the 1441 Hijri New Year.

Muharram 1 is likely to be on Sunday, 1 September, this is according to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, member of the Arab Union for Space and Astronomy Sciences (AUAS).

The date will however be confirmed after the sighting of the moon, which is likely to be on Saturday 31 August.

The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, Government of Dubai, has already noted that a one-day holiday will be observed on Muharram 1.

While we usually get just 1 day off for this public holiday in the UAE, we won’t know until closer to the time if we’ll get a day off on Sunday 1 September off.

Fingers crossed!