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Public Holidays

Jan 1 2006 New Year’s Day.

Jan 11 2006 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

Jan 31 2006 Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).

Apr 11 2006 Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet).

Aug 6 2006 Accession of HH Sheikh Zayed.

Aug 22 2006 Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet).

Oct 22-24 2006 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).

Dec 2 2006 National Day.

Dec 31 2006 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).



Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region. For more information, see the World of Islam appendix.