On Tuesday, it was announced that July 7 will be a paid holiday for private sector employees in the UAE. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) declared this holiday, which coincides with the Hijri New Year and falls on a Sunday.

Similarly, Oman has also designated July 7 as a holiday for both public and private sector employees, marking the Hijri New Year. This arrangement translates into a long weekend for government employees and private sector companies that follow a 5-day work-week.

In the UAE, residents still have a few holidays to look forward to before the year ends, including one on the occasion of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s birthday. Additionally, the country will observe a long weekend for National Day, which is the last official holiday of the year.

These holidays are part of the 2024 calendar announced by the UAE’s Cabinet. It is important to note that these public holidays are separate from the 30 annual leaves that employees are entitled to take each year.