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Abu Dhabi government reveals 2013 public holidays

Abu Dhabi government has released a complete list of public holidays in the UAE for the new year.

According to the official Abu Dhabi government website, Federal ministries, public departments and institutions will remain closed for up to 13 days in 2013.

Dates for Islamic holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar, are tentative and will be confirmed once the moon has been sighted, the website said.

Here is the list of the 2013 public holidays:

Occasion Gregorian Year 2013Hijri Year 1434Holiday Duration
New Year1 Jan 201319 Safar1
Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday*24 Jan 201312 Rabi' Al-Awwal1
Israa & Miaraj Night*6 Jun 201327 Rajab1
Ramadan expected to begin*10 Jul 20131 Ramadan0
Eid Al Fitr*8 Aug 20131 Shawwal3
Arafat Day*14 Oct 20139 Dhu Al-Hijjah1
Eid Al Adha*15 Oct 201310 Dhu Al-Hijjah3
Hijri New Year's Day*4 Nov 20131 Muharram 14351
UAE National Day2/3 Dec 2013

*Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from date given.

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