The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has granted private sector employees in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) an extra day off for the upcoming National Day, resulting in a three-day weekend. This extension includes December 2, 3, and 4, which are Saturday, Sunday, and Monday respectively.
Originally, the ministry had designated only December 2 and 3 as paid holidays to commemorate this significant national event. However, the recent update has added Monday to the holiday period for private sector workers.
Similarly, government employees will also enjoy the same extended holiday. Public sector workers across the UAE, including federal employees, have been scheduled for a break from December 2 to 4. Notably, they will work remotely on Friday, December 1, which typically constitutes a half-day in their 4.5-day work week.
All employees, both in the public and private sectors, are expected to return to their offices on Tuesday, December 5.
This decision aligns with the UAE's commitment to a unified holiday policy, ensuring that all workers, regardless of sector, receive an equal number of holidays throughout the year.
The UAE National Day, also known as UAE Union Day, is celebrated on December 2 each year, marking the unification of the Emirates in 1971. This year, the UAE commemorates its 52nd anniversary.