Dubai Calendar 2013
Dubai bills itself as the ‘East Meets West’ in the Gulf, and it does stand up even to the most stringent scrutiny. It currently holds the record for having the world’s largest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall, and shopping is just but one of the attractions of the most adventurous traveler. What makes Dubai stand out as a tourist destination is its commercial appeal without losing its Muslim soul. Hence, when visiting Dubai, keep in mind that despite its seemingly Western appearance, it is still very Muslim to the core. The following holidays of the Dubai calendar 2013 are mostly of Islam observances and celebrations.
New Year’s Day – Despite the fact that United Arab Emirates has a highly influenced Western culture, it remains a staunch Muslim country, except in cosmopolitan Dubai that aims to be a world capital. As such, even though there is an official Islamic New Year, the Gregorian New Year in the Dubai Calendar 2013 is still observed.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – A sacred festival among the devout Muslim’s and a national holiday, this day commemorates the birth of Islam’s greatest prophet and is celebrated as a day to read the Qur’an, to keep in mind the teachings of Muhammad, and to emulate his life.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Lailat al Miraj
Night of Ascension – This day in the Dubai calendar 2013 memorializes the nightlong journey of Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem where, finally, he was purified and ascended to the heavens.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
The End of Ramadan – Fasting is a spiritual requirement among the Muslims, and the end of Ramadan signals the end of cleansing and the beginning of a ‘clean slate.’
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Feast of Sacrifice – The Feast of Sacrifice commemorates the sacrifice that Abraham did in order to obey God; hence, on this day, Muslims help the poor and donate money to the charity. This is celebrated after the Hajj, or the devout’s pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Islamic New Year – Also known as the Muharram, Al Hijra falls on the first day of the month on which the prophet Muhammad made the journey from Mecca to Medina. Despite this seemingly significant event, Al-Hijra does not compare in elaborate rituals and celebrates to that of the Eid ul-Fitr or Eid al-Adha. The devout regard this day as a day of reflection, although some modern Muslims exchange greeting cards to celebrate the occasion.
Monday, 4 November 2013
National Day – This day in the Dubai calendar 2013 marks the unification of seven emirates that make up UAE after they broke up with Oman in 1971.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Have a Happy Dubai Holidays in 2013.!
Category: Dubai Holidays