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Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) has made changes to the previously announced public holidays for the UAE. The changes apply to both public and private sectors.

The Authority tweeted the announcement which makes mention that FAHR has moved Commemoration Day from Sunday 1st  December to Saturday 30th  November.

Commemoration Day Moved To Saturday 30 November

Commemoration Day, which was previously known as Martyr’s Day, is in honour of armed forces members who have been killed in combat.

30th November is the normal date set for this day, but was this year it was moved to the 1st of December .

But now, it has been moved back to November 30 – which is in fact a Saturday this year.

Say Goodbye To A 5-Day-Weekend

So sadly, this means that it’s more than unlikely for a five day weekend for most of us. So for those who usually enjoy a Friday, Saturday weekend will have to return to work on Sunday 1st  December  but will have Monday 2nd  December and Tuesday 3rd  December off again.

The public holiday for UAE National Day still takes place on Monday 2nd  December 2 and Tuesday 3rd December. 

The 2nd of December, 2019 marks 48 years since the UAE was formed seven emirates came together in 1971.

Other Changes Announced

FAHR also included a previously-absent holiday which marks the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday.

This day will be observed on the 12-Rabi al-awwal-1441, which is likely to fall on Saturday, 9th November.

So, no day off….