Eid Al Adha 2024: Your Ultimate Guide to Maximizing Holidays and Travel Trends for UAE Residents

Eid Al Adha Holidays

Smart tips to extend your Eid Al Adha break, top travel destinations, and visa-free countries.

As Eid Al Adha approaches, UAE residents are gearing up for one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. 

With strategic planning, you can maximize your days off and explore trending travel destinations. 

While official dates will be confirmed closer to the time, the UAE Cabinet has provided preliminary dates for this significant Islamic celebration, commonly known as the Feast of Sacrifice. This period is marked by special prayers, feasts, and acts of charity.


Expected UAE Holiday Dates for Eid Al Adha 2024

According to the UAE Cabinet, the anticipated dates for the Eid Al Adha break are as follows:

Arafat Day: Dhu Al Hijjah 9 (expected to be Sunday, 16th June)

Eid Al Adha: Dhu Al Hijjah 10 to 12 (expected to be Monday, 17th June to Wednesday, 19th June)

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Astronomical Society, has indicated that astronomical calculations suggest Arafat Day will likely fall on Sunday, 16th June.

Eid Al Adha Break

How to Get 9 Days Off

To maximize your holiday, consider taking a few strategic days off around the public holidays. By combining the weekend and a few leave days, you can enjoy an extended break:

– Take leave from 13th June (Thursday) to 19th June (Wednesday)

– Return to work on 20th June (Thursday) 

This plan effectively provides a nine-day holiday with minimal days off work.

UAE Residents Travel Trends and Destinations

According to Skyscanner, UAE residents are already planning their Eid Al Adha vacations. The most popular departure date is 14th June, 2024, with more than half of travelers seeking trips of one week or less. Interestingly, 33% are looking for longer vacations spanning more than one to two weeks, while 14% are considering holidays up to a month long. 

Skyscanner’s data reveals a surge in popularity for certain destinations around Eid Al Adha: 

  1. New York (525% increase)
  2. Tokyo (330% increase)
  3. Athens (257% increase)
  4. Dublin (212% increase)
  5. Malé (205% increase)

Most-Searched Cities by UAE Travelers

The most-searched cities ahead of Eid Al Adha offer insights into travel preferences:

  1. London
  2. Athens
  3. New York
  4. Cairo
  5. Manchester

Visa-Free Destinations for UAE Residents

For a hassle-free travel experience, consider these visa-free destinations:

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With these tips and insights, UAE residents can make the most of their Eid Al Adha break, whether they choose to travel abroad or stay local.

Plan ahead, take advantage of the extended holiday, and enjoy your festive season to the fullest.

Find out more about the GCC unified tourist visa here.


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