Public Holidays in the United Arab Emirates for 2019
The holidays for private and public sectors are now unified, which means employees from private companies have the same holidays as their employees.
The cabinet had announced that there are 14 official holidays for 2019. The normalization of the special seasons in areas is a piece of endeavours to pull in the Emiratis that are working for privately owned businesses.
Since public holidays are already unified for public and private sectors, it is easier to plan holidays and can help strengthen bonds between the segments of society, based on the Wam state agency.
The holidays listed for the next two years to come excludes the birthday of Israa Wa Miraaj and Prophet Mohammed. These were previously no workdays. The commemoration day is already December 1 instead of November 30. It will most likely be grouped with the National Day.
What Employers Must Know About United Arab Emirates Public Holiday 2019
Employees working in offices and the government normally gets a day off on holidays. Other private company employees might have to go to work so that business operations will continue. Some are in the restaurant or retail industry. However, those who are working on holidays must know that they should be given proper holiday pay which is normally double their daily wage. The season of Ramadan is not part of the duty hours, so it is normally lessened.
Dates of the United Arab Emirates Holiday 2019
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||National|
|21 March||Thursday||March Equinox||Season|
|3 April||Wednesday||Israa & Miraaj Night||Observance|
|6 May||Monday||Ramadan Start||Observance|
|3 – 6 June||Monday||Eid Al Fitr Holiday||National|
|21 June||Friday||June Solstice||Season|
|3 August||Saturday||Start of Hajj Season||Observance|
|10 August||Saturday||Arafat (Hajj) Day||National|
|11 – 13 August||Sunday||Eid al-Adha|
|31 August||Saturday||Islamic New Year’s Day||National|
|9 November||Saturday||Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday||National|
|1 December||Sunday||Commemoration Day||Observance|
|2 – 3 December||Monday||National Day||National|
|22 December||Sunday||December Solstice||Season|
|31 December||Tuesday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
The Labor Law is in charge of matters that are related to the hours of work, public holidays, vacation, employing juveniles, sick leave, maternity leave, safety standards, employee records, employment termination, and end of service payments. It applies to all employees working in the UAE, for nationals and expatriates. However, there are specific categories of employees who are exempted and might have to follow different regulations.
Benefits of Employees on Public Holidays
A worker must be allowed a paid leave for each time of administration that ought not to be under two days per month if the representative has been working in the organization for in any event a half year yet short of what one year. If they have been working for a year in the company, they must be granted 30 days of paid leave a year.
Women are entitled to paid maternity leave of 45 days. They will receive full payment if they have been with the company for a year, and only half if less than that.
Doing Business in United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is located between Asia, Africa, and Europe. Since it has an investor-friendly regulation, tax and financial environments, it is ideal for a business.
Here are business ideas you can try:
UAE has a potential market for professionals in advertising. You can provide different advertising services from home, and no need to rent an office.
UAE is a global tourism hub. From shopping, international fashion, gold market, and more. Tourists love the beaches and nightlife. You can run a travel agency to assist travelers with visas, cruise trips, and hospitality.
These are why setting up a business in Dubai is a wise investment.