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Abu Dhabi Public Holidays 2022

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

Looking to plan your trip to Abu Dhabi in 2022 around UAE public holidays?  Whilst formal Governments announcement is still pending, here’s a guide of what to expect:

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January 2022 (1 day)
  • Eid Al Fitr: From last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (approx 2 May to 5 May 2022 –  4 days)
  • Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice):  From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (approx 8 to 11 July 2022 –  4 days)
  • Hijri New Year: 1 Muharram*  (Est 20 July 2022, observed on 1 August 2022 – 1 day)
  • The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday: Est 8 October 2022, observed on 10 October 2022 (1 day)
  • Commemoration Day: 1 December 2022 (1 day)
  • National Day (51st Anniversary): 2 and 3 December 2022 (2 days)

Jump back to Previous Year: Abu Dhabi 2021 Pubic Holidays

*Islamic holidays are determined according to moon sighting. The date a religious holiday is observed and the public holiday declared may be two different dates, particularly if it falls on a weekend Friday/Saturday.

We are still awaiting official Government confirmation of all the above-listed dates but this is a great start for planning your trip to Abu Dhabi in 2022.

Hijri Calendar to Gregorian Calendar

The Hijri Calendar moves forward by approximately 10 days more than the Gregorian Calendar every year. There is a good translation tool here from to understand when important days on the Hijri Calendar will translate to:

Prayer Times in Abu Dhabi

You can also check out our guide here to the daily prayer times in Abu Dhabi. There isn’t much you need to do as a non-Muslim tourist at prayer times, but it has some great tips on understanding exactly WHAT is happening and WHY.

You can use this tool to see when daily prayer times are due to occur in Abu Dhabi:

Abu Dhabi School Holidays 2022

There is both a public (MoE) and private (international) school sector in Abu Dhabi. The dates they have stipulated as holidays in a three-term school year for September starting curriculums are:

Winter Break 12 to 30 December 2021 (schools return 2 January 2022)

Spring Break 27 March to 7/14 April 2022 (International Schools/MoE Schools)

Summer Break Not before 30 June 2022 until approximately 28 August 2022*

*The end of summer break is only anticipated until formally announced by the Government.

You can learn more and see further academic year calendars here

Other major events in Abu Dhabi & the UAE 2022

Major events in 2022 may still be subject to postponement or cancellation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation. Here’s what’s already lined up for the 2022 Abu Dhabi Events Calendar:

  • Ramadan – the Holy Month from approx 2 April to 1 May- not a public holiday but month-long religious observance
  • Expo 2020 in Dubai – 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022
  • Diwali – 24 October to 28 November 2022 – with a large Indian expat community the event is widely celebrated in the UAE
  • Christmas – 25 December 2022 – not a public holiday but widely observed within the retail and hospitality sector

We still await finalized dates for a number of the Emirates popular Heritage Festivals, these are a great immersive way to learn more about the Emirati culture

You can see our complete guide to the best times to visit Abu Dhabi here

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