The UAE authorities have announced a one-day paid holiday for government employees to celebrate the Islamic New Year. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has designated Muharram 1 on the Islamic calendar as a holiday. Depending on the sighting of the moon, Muharram 1 is anticipated to occur on July 7 according to the Gregorian calendar. Earlier this week, Mohre declared that the private sector would also observe the Islamic New Year holiday on July 7. Following the Hijri New Year, residents can anticipate another holiday on the occasion of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s birthday, as per the 2024 holiday schedule released by the Cabinet. The final official holiday of the year will extend into a long weekend, coinciding with the celebrations for National Day. In addition to these public holidays, employees are entitled to 30 days of annual leave. Similarly, Oman has also declared a holiday on July 7 for both public and private sector employees, resulting in a long weekend for those working in government and private sector companies with a five-day workweek.