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UAE holiday: Hijri (Islamic) New Year to fall on August 31

UAE holiday: Hijri (Islamic) New Year to fall on August 31

Dubai: The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has announced that Monday August 31 will be the first day of Muḥarram. Accordingly, Sunday will be the Hijri New Year’s holiday.

What is Hijri New Year?

The first year in the Islamic calendar, Hijri 1, corresponds to the year 622AD.

Hijri is derived from Arabic word Hijrah, which means migration. In the religious context, it specifically refers to the migration of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) more than 14 centuries ago.