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Public Holidays in Dubai and Famous attractions

Given here is the list of Dubai Public holidays 2013. Private companies will also be closed on these days. The Islamic festivals are based on Islamic calendar, determined by various moon phase sighting. The dates of the holidays change every year. The Dubai Statuary Government Holidays 2013 calendar is only based on estimates. The Dubai holiday calendar cannot be guaranteed for 100 percent accuracy.

During the lunar month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and there may be interruptions in normal business patterns. Several restaurants are closed during the day and there could be restrictions on smoking and drinking. This could last from two to ten days, depending on the region.

International New Year's Day- Tuesday, 1 January 2013 
(Public and private sectors, and Banks in UAE remain closed in the New Year).

Milad un Nabi – Birth of the Prophet Mohammed
Thursday, 24th January 2013

Lailat al Miraj – Ascension of the Prophet
Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Start of Ramadan – The 1st day of Ramadan as per Islamic lunar calendar
Tuesday, 9th July 2013

Eid-al-Fitr – The end of Ramadan fasting month (3 days public holidays)
Thursday, 8th August 2013
Friday – 9th August 2013
Saturday – 10th August 2013

Arafat (Haj) Day – The second day of the Hajj or Pilgrimage for Muslims
Monday, 14th October 2013

Eid-al-Adha – Feast of sacrifice in Islamic tradition – Qurban (3 days public holidays)
Tuesday, 15th October 2013
Wednesday – 16th October 2013
Thursday – 17th October 2013

Al-Hijra – Islamic New Year
Monday, 4th November 2013

UAE National Day – The UAE’s formal independence from the UK
Monday, 2nd December 2013

Note: Holidays are sometimes subject to arbitrary last minute changes by local authorities, just as in any other part of the world. Although, effort has been made to present an accurate list of holidays for the year 2013, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omission of data herein. Therefore, you can verify the above dates with the embassy or UAE consulate, before planning a trip to UAE.

Dubai Tours to Ice Rink

The Olympic-size ice rink boasts of world-class amenities, and the visitors can chase their dreams whether it is learning skating, or perfecting their technique, or playing ice hockey. It is also a great place to just socialize with friends who share similar interests and this venue is open any time of the year.

Dubai Dolphinarium

It is the first fully air-conditioned indoor Dolphinarium in the Middle East, with a seating capacity of 1350. Visitors can also swim with four dolphins if they wish. They are offered two types of sessions to choose from – mixed and private. In a private session, the visitors can spend as much time as they wish with the dolphins on paying a requisite fee. Mixed sessions, however, require maximum of 6 people to swim with 4 dolphins

Dubai Aquarium

Being the world’s largest aquarium window, the Dubai Aquarium displays huge Sand Tiger Sharks, giant Groupers, graceful Stingrays and shoals of pelagic fish.

Beach Parks

Dubai has several beach parks including the Al Mamzar beach park, Jumeirah beach park, and Creekside park to name a few. While Al Mamzar park has four pristine beaches, two swimming pools, children playground, fresh water showers and picnic areas to offers, the Jumeirah beach park is known for its large lawned areas and beautiful gardens. The Creekside Park offers barbecue sites, amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 1200, an 18-hole mini golf course, 2 restaurants, several kiosks for refreshments, walking and jogging tracks and exit points for abras.

Shopping Tours

Specialized shopping tours introduce visitors to souks and major shopping areas in Dubai and even adjacent Sharjah. But, such shopping tours are recommended particularly to tourists who have limited time to spend in Dubai. Else, visitors can organize their own shopping expeditions.

Other places to visit in UAE

A visit to the northern emirates of Dubai is also equally interesting, and several tour companies accommodate even the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain in their package. Among the main attractions here are the Sharjah souks, Ajman’s palace museum and the dhow building yards, and the fertile agricultural area of Falaj Al Mualla at Umm Al Quwain. As for Ras Al Khaimah, it is an ancient seaport that extends into the Gulf, along the northern most tip of the UAE, opposite Bandar Abbas in Iran. The picturesque museum, and the natural beauty in the emirate, coupled with interesting archaeological sites, makes it a must visit place in UAE.

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