New Year’s Day will be a public holiday for all federal government workers and private sector workers, according to the state news agency Wam.

The news was announced on Wednesday in two separate circulars from the Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and the Minister of Labour.

A circular issued by Humaid bin Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, said that work for federal government employees will resume on Thursday 2nd January.

Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash also issued a circular stating that private sector workers would get a one-day paid holiday on Wednesday 1st January.

Al Qattami and Mr Ghobash congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid , their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates and people of the UAE on the occasion.