Public holidays in Saudi Arabia

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Public holidays in Saudi Arabia ( Arabic: العطل الرسمية في السعودية ) In Saudi Arabia there are not a lot of holidays, compared with other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, but they give a long-term holidays from 10 to 12 days. Where the expense of public holidays in Saudi Arabia only as days of work, in addition to the daily Friday and Saturday weekend, in this case you can get a long vacation up to more than two weeks.

العطل الرسمية في السعودية
Public holidays in Saudi Arabia
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Observed by Saudi Arabia
Type Holiday
Significance Official Holiday

Government departments and institutions are suspended in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the festival holidays for holiday Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the public sector if there is a time and one day the reality of the weekend and the Eid holiday, this day is added to the Eid vacation.


Saudi Arabia follows the Islamic calendar, which consists of 12 months but only 354 or 355 days.

Working time and official holidays

Working hours begin at 8:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM for government departments. Businesses operate Sunday - Friday, in the morning from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and in the afternoon from 4:00 AM-10:00 PM but close during prayer time. School hours are from 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Date English name Local name Remarks
1-3 Shawwal The Feast of the End of Ramadan Eid ul-Fitr Observed officially for 10 days, by private institutions from 3 to 7 days.
9-12 Dhul-Hijjah The Feast of the End of Hajj Eid ul-Adha Observed officially for 10 days, by private institutions from 3 to 7 days.
23 September Saudi National Day (Unification of the Kingdom) Al-Yaom-ul-Watany Officially for one day.


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