For the rest of 2021, people of the UAE will get to have four more long weekends off. This year, residents of UAE enjoyed their very first long weekend in May starting the day before Eid Al Fitr. They received a break that was five days long starting from May 11th to 15th.
Long Weekend Breaks Coming Up in 2021
The next long weekend in line is during July, when Eid Al Adha will be celebrated, the first day of which falls on July 20th. This would be even longer than the first break since it is likely to last for six days. This will start from the Day of Arafah on Monday, July 19th followed by Eid holidays from Tuesday, July 20th to Thursday, July 22nd. Since a two-day weekend comes immediately after this, residents get a break till Saturday, July 24th. This will be the lengthiest holiday for residents of the UAE in 2021. The dates are subject to fluctuations based on the sighting of the moon.
In August, on the eve of Islamic New Year, there is a break that is as long as three days. Then comes a two-day weekend break just before the beginning of the Hijri year, which is likely to be on Thursday, August 12th. After this, the next longest weekend is a three-day break that is expected to be from Thursday, October 21st, to Saturday, October 23rd. This will be in commemoration of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The final long weekend of the year will last for four days, from Wednesday, December 1st to Saturday, December 4th. This marks Commemoration Day as well as the UAE National Day.
Breaks Next Year and Travelling
There have been some predictions made for next year as well. Astronomical calculations reveal that next year’s Arafah Day is likely to be on Monday, July 19. The first day of Ramadan is predicted to be on April 2nd in 2022. Eid Al Fitr is believed to fall on Monday, May 2nd, 2022. As per the spotting of the Shawwal moon next year, if Eid does indeed fall on May 2nd, the people of the UAE can expect a long break.
The pandemic brought about a halt in movement, even during holidays. But now, all around the world, there is an increasing number of people getting vaccinated. UAE is the most vaccinated country in the world presently, with over 90% of its residents being vaccinated. This has encouraged nations to reduces travel restrictions and allow travel across the borders for those who have taken the vaccine.
According to Dubai-based Emirates airlines, those who have completed both the Covid vaccine doses in UAE have the permission to journey to 19 countries without having to quarantine. This includes Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and France (from June 9), Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Egypt, The Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand (Phuket), Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, the United States, and Mexico. Children below the age of six can travel even without vaccination and those over six can travel with a negative PCR test.