On the occasion of the first day of Hijri year 1438, the government of UAE has declared October 2 as paid holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE.
In a press communiqué released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, this Sunday, October 2, will be a public holiday to mark Al Hijri New Year, with work resuming the next day.
The occasion - the first day of Hijri year 1438 - does not usually involve public celebrations or traditional events. It is considered to be a day dedicated to faith, in which Muslims honour the beginning of Islam and reflect on the passage of time.
The New Year marked the arrival of the Prophet Mohammed in Medina after he emigrated from Mecca, an occasion that led to the establishment of the first Muslim community based on Islamic teachings.