As if finishing early during the holy month of Ramadan wasn’t enough, workers in Dubai can look forward to loads more days off in the next six months up until Christmas.

Public Holidays in Dubai are always welcomed with open arms, because in comparison with most of the rest of the lucky world, we basically might as well not bother.

Here’s a list of the countries every slacker wants to move to, in order of how much of a piece of piss your life would be if you went there to work. Keep scrolling, eventually you may find the UAE:

 *number denotes number of public holiday days per year

 

Colombia – 18

India – 18

Lebanon – 16

South Korea – 16

Thailand – 16

Finland – 15

Japan – 15

Argentina – 15

Chile – 15

Turkey – 14

Spain – 14

Morocco – 14

Russia – 14

Indonesia – 14

Malaysia – 14

Philippines – 14

Pakistan – 13

Slovakia – 13

Austria – 12

Brazil – 12

Czech Republic – 12

Lithuania – 12

Sweden – 11

Italy – 11

UAE – 11

France – 11

Croatia – 11

Denmark – 11

Canada – 11

New Zealand – 11

China – 11

Singapore – 11

Vietnam – 10

Belgium – 10

Poland – 10

USA –  10

Ukraine – 10

Luxembourg – 10

Norway – 10

Portugal – 10

N. Ireland – 10

Serbia – 9

Romania – 9

Scotland – 9

Hungary – 8

Netherlands – 8

England – 8

So yeah, that’s pretty sad for us all. Who wants to be mid-table? Sill, at least we ain’t in England. Also another plus point is that we’ve had so little time off in the first six months, we can look forward to a staggering eight public holidays in the second half of the year.

I Love Moon

There are obviously a few catches as you’d expect. For instance, the Islamic holidays don’t exactly have a precise date just yet, and they won’t until the Moon does something that men who look at it each night can recognise as being the right time to declare a public holiday (it’s called a crescent, whatever that is). So they will all most probably fall on a weekend meaning they are irrelevant to the average worker looking for an extra day off. But nonetheless, here’s the list of what we might have, and fingers crossed the Moon give us the nod (always liked you, Moon):

 

Eid Al Fitr – 17th -18th July

 

Eid Al Adha – 22nd – 24th September

 

Hijri New Year – 15th October

 

UAE National Day – 2nd December

 

Birthday of the Prophet Mohammed – maybe on 24th December