Muslims in the UAE and around the world mark their new year on the first of Muharram; a month in the islamic Calendar!
The Hijri Calendar is Lunar, which means it's based on the phases of the moon.
The word 'Hijri' comes from 'Hijrah'; the Arabic word for emigration.
It began in 622 AD when Prophet Mohammed emigrated from Mecca to Medina.
It marked a turning point in Islamic History.
The establishment of a Muslim state with Medina as its centre, and Prophet Mohammed as its first leader.
It is 1440 this year in the Islamic Calendar.
Happy Hijri New Year Everyone!