No long weekend for New Years!
January 1st is counted as a paid public holiday for the UAE, but because the holiday falls on a Friday it was expected to be transferred to another day. However this year that is not happening.
The Federal Authority for Human Resources have stated that the public holiday will stay on Friday 1st January, and will not be moved to make New Years weekend a long weekend.
The next public holiday will fall on December 24th to mark Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) birthday - making this weekend a long weekend for most people in the UAE.