In a recent announcement, the Federal Authority of Human Resources in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed that public sector employees are set to enjoy a day off on Friday, September 29th, in honor of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.
This decision was communicated via a memorandum addressed to all ministries and government agencies, as reported by the state news agency, Wam. The occasion, traditionally observed by Muslims, marks the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi Al Awwal as Milad un Nabi (Mawlid), signifying the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is a day of profound spiritual importance within the Islamic community.
The memo conveyed warm wishes to the leadership, government, and people of the United Arab Emirates, as well as to the broader Arab and Islamic nations. It included prayers for good health and well-being.
It’s important to note that this holiday is characterized by solemn observance rather than exuberant celebration, with festivities intentionally kept to a minimum. According to an official circular from the authority, regular work activities are expected to resume on Monday, October 2, 2023.
It is customary for both the public and private sectors in the Emirates to share the same holiday calendar, ensuring that all citizens can participate in these significant cultural and religious observances.