Public and private sector holiday announcement in United Arab Emirates

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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) announced that Thursday, October 21, will be paid leave for all employees of the private sector on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

The government’s Federal Human Resources Authority also made an announcement on Sunday and added that work would resume on Sunday, October 24.

Prophet Mohammad’s birthday is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is called Eid Al Mawlid Al Nabawi. The authority wished President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, and members of the Supreme Council and the rulers of the Emirates, as well as the people of the United Arab Emirates and the Arab and Islamic nations on this occasion.

What is generally done for the prophet’s birthday?

This holiday is less of a celebration and more of an observance. Muslims are encouraged to spend the day connecting spiritually with God, either by fasting or by reading the Quran. Muslims commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the Messenger of God.

The Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the year AD 570 of the Gregorian calendar. The precise Gregorian date of his birth is unclear. However, Muslims celebrate Muhammed’s birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi Al-Awwal, which is the third month of the Islamic year.

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