ABU DHABI // This Sunday will be a public holiday for all government and private sector workers to mark Al Hijri New Year.
Official working hours will resume on Monday, October 3, said the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
The occasion — the first day of Hijri year 1438 — does not usually involve public celebrations or traditional events. It is instead 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. Known as the Hijra, the migration from Mecca to Medina marked the beginning of the Islamic era, or 1AH, which occurred in 622AD.
The Islamic calendar is made up of 12 lunar months in a year and is 10 to 12 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar year.
Saqr Ghobash, Minister for Human Resources and Emiratisation, conveyed his new year’s greetings to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, members of the Supreme Council and all citizens and residents.
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Source: uae news