Public holidays in Saudi Arabia

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
Observed bySaudi Arabia
SignificanceOfficial 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 - Thursday, some businesses operate on Saturday as well. The operation hours are in the morning from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and in the afternoon from 4:00 AM-10:00 PM but close shortly during prayer time. School hours are from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

DateEnglish nameLocal nameRemarks
1-3 ShawwalThe Feast of the End of RamadanEid al-FitrObserved officially for 10 days, by private institutions from 3 to 7 days.
9-12 Dhul-HijjahThe Feast of the End of HajjEid al-AdhaObserved officially for 10 days, by private institutions from 3 to 7 days.
23 SeptemberSaudi National Day (Unification of the Kingdom)Al-Yawm-Al-WataniOfficially for one day.


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