It’s a good time to get discuss the top things to to in Dubai for Muslims. By top things to do, we clearly mean major events or main holidays.
With the Arabian city boasting super attractions and destinations and maintaining high standards, and with people pouring into the city in a great number, Dubai’s events are to be reckoned with. So, what are Dubai’s 2020’s national, public or major holidays?
Life’s timed. There’s a beginning and an end. While Dubai being Islamic observes the Islamic New Year, they do not neglect the Western New Year but celebrate it as a public secular holiday. This shows an accommodation for the expats and visitors in the city. Last New Year at the Burj Khalifa was amazing, visitors just kept smiling and ‘refraining’ “wow”. 2020’s New year’s day falls on a Wednesday.
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Roughly meaning ‘breaking of the fast’, the Eid Al Fitr holiday marks the end of Ramadan. Its beginning depends on the sighting of the moon, and automatically begins after the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide. It should fall on Saturday May 23, 2020.
The Arafat Day holiday marks the second day of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. It is a one-day holiday whose date’s dependent on the moon.
Christened Arafat after the Mount Arafat where Muhammad declared Islam had been perfected, the Arafat Day is known as the holiest day in the Islamic calendar. This holiday precedes the Eid ul-Adha holiday which comes a day after.
This traditionally celebrated at dawn on Mount Arafat. The year 2020’s Arafat Day is expected to fall on Wednesday July 29.
Eid Al Adha celebrates Ibrahim’s obedience to God. This is a popular story: Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. This holidays takes three days of holiday to show the magnitude of Muslims’ appreciation of Ibrahim’s victory. It is indeed a victory as the sacrifice was only a test.
Traditionally, Muslims around the world sacrifice cows, goats, lambs, sheep, and camels on this. It is traditional to divide the meat from the sacrificial animal into three parts. One is to be shared with family, friends, and neighbors. Another is to be distributed among the poor and needy. And one part is for yourself and your immediate family. These days, many people’s Eid menus include a dish made with the sacrificial meat, as it is recommended to eat it.
Like the West has, Islam has calendar and consequently a Islamic New Year; this is called Al-Hijri or Hijra. It is a public holiday for all Muslims and on this day all businesses, government institutions etc are expected to be in abeyance. 2020’s Al-Hijri holiday holds on Sunday August 23.
Muhammad is, as Jesus Christ is the head of Christians, the head of Muslims. The birth of Jesus Christ is arbitrarily celebrated on the 25th of December as Christmas. On Thursday October 29, 2020, a public holiday will mark Muhammad’s birthday.
Formerly referred to as Martyr’s Day, the commemoration day is the holiday that honors the Emiratis who died for the UAE. It is a time that will remind the families of those who have been martyred that the UAE has not forgotten them or their sacrifice.
Dignified commemorative events will take place around the UAE, under the auspices of government institutions.
At 8am, the UAE flag is lowered across the country (at all government and government-subsidiary premises) and remains lowered until 11am. This is followed by a one minute’s silence and supplication from 11.30am to 11.31am.
After the one minute’s silence, the UAE flag is raised again while the UAE national anthem is played. The commemoration day which formerly holds on the 30th of November holds on the 1st of December. Combined with the following two-day national holiday, the given holiday contributes to a three-day holiday.
2020 will mark the UAE’s 49th birthday, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates in 1971. On this day, Dubai will be lit and vitalized with exuberance and electricity. This holiday will span two days which consequently means the Dubai have two days off, December 2nd and 3rd.
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