UAE public holiday: Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj falls on Saturday April 14

The holiday applies to both the public and private sector

Guides Staff Report
09:41 April 11, 2018
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Saturday, April 14, will  be a holiday for both public and private sector in UAE  for Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj, announced Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

What is it?

Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday which is observed annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijiri calendar.

This year, as far as the Gregorian calendar is concerned, the holiday falls on Saturday, April 14.

What does it translate to?

Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj roughly translates as “Night Journey and Ascension”.

What does it mark?

The holiday marks the night Allah took Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a single night, hence the name.

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What is done?

Muslims offer optional prayers throughout the night. In some parts of the world, candles are lit and special lights are shone to signify Muhammad’s (PBUH) journey.

When is the public holiday then?

On Saturday April 14th