Public holidays in Saudi Arabia

Public holidays in Saudi Arabia ( Arabic: العطل الرسمية في السعودية ) In Saudi Arabia there is 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 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 is following the Islamic calendar, and the Islamic calendar consists of 12 months which is less than the 10 or 11 days for the AD year. The days or the month in the AD year ranging between 9 and 20 or 30 days.

Working time and official holidays

The time of working hours start's from 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM for government departments while shops it is opening from Sunday - Friday, in Morning from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM in Afternoon from 4:00 AM-10:00 PM but it is closing in prayer time, for schools 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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