Looking to plan your trip around Abu Dhabi’s public holidays? Here’s a guide of what to expect in 2020 in Abu Dhabi:
- Gregorian New Year: 1 January 2020 (1 day)
- Eid Al Fitr: From last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (approx 23 to 26 May – 4 days)
- Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (approx 30 July to August 2020 – 4 days)
- Hijri New Year: 1 Muharram* (23 August in 2020 – 1 day)
- The Prophet’s Mohammed birthday: 29 October in 2020
- Commemoration Day: 1 December 2020 (1 day)
- National Day: 2 and 3 December (2 days)
*Islamic holidays are determined according to moon sighting.
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 IslamicFinder.org to understand when important days on the Hijri Calendar will translate to:
Prayer Times in Abu Dhabi
There isn’t much you need to do as a non-Muslim tourist at prayer times in Abu Dhabi, but here are some great tips on understanding exactly WHAT is happening and WHY. We also share some extra pointers on how you can have a more immersive Islamic experience during your trip to the UAE.
You can use this tool to see when daily prayer times are due to occur in Abu Dhabi: