The UAE Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) on Friday announced that Saturday, August 31, will be Muharram 1, 1441, the first day of the Hijri New Year.
In a tweet, FAHR declared Saturday a holiday. Regular working hours will resume on Sunday, September 1.
Earlier, the Muharram 1 crescent was spotted in Saudi Arabia’s Tamir Observatory.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, tweeted on Thursday evening: “We ask God Almighty to make it a good year where there is reconciliation and peace for our homeland and the whole world.