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UAE announces public holiday for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday

Public sector employees in the UAE will have a holiday on Friday, September 29, to mark the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced the news in a memo to all ministries and government agencies, state news agency Wam reported.

Since most government employees get Saturday-Sunday off, the holiday translates into a three-day weekend for them. Private sector employees will get Friday off as well since the UAE Cabinet grants the same number of leaves to workers of both private and public sectors. The holiday is marked by observance rather than celebration, with festivities kept to a minimum.

The public and private sectors in the Emirates typically have the same holidays. This would be the last long weekend in the UAE, as the National Day holidays fall on December 2 and 3 — Saturday and Sunday. This year, residents enjoyed multiple long weekends, including a six-day break to mark Islamic holiday Eid Al Adha and a four-day one for Eid Al Fitr.

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