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Saudi Arabia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 5 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Saudi Arabia Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
June    Sat Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
        Sun Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
        Mon Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
        Tue Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
        Wed Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
        Thu Eid al Fitr Holiday
        Fri Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
        Sat Eid al Fitr Holiday
        Sun Eid al Fitr Holiday
        Mon Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
        Tue Eid al Fitr Holiday Government
Aug.    Thu Eid al Adha Holiday Government
        Fri Eid al Adha Holiday Government
        Sat Eid al Adha Holiday Government
        Sun Eid al Adha Holiday Government
        Mon Eid al Adha Holiday (Arafat Day)
        Tue Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Wed Eid al Adha Holiday
        Thu Eid al Adha Holiday
        Fri Eid al Adha Holiday Government
        Sat Eid al Adha Holiday Government
Sep.    Sun National Day (Al-Yaom Al-Watany)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

16 Aug 2017 Saudi Arabia Extends 2017 Eid al Adha Public Holidays (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) The government of Saudi Arabia has announced that this year's Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public sector holidays would be extended by 6 days, beginning at the end of the working day on Dhul Hijjah 2, and with the last day of the 2017 annual Eid al Adha public holidays of Saudi Arabia being Dhul Hijjah 15.  21 Jun 2017 Saudi 2017 End of Ramadan Public Holidays Extended Again (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered that the upcoming 2017 End of Ramadan (Eid al Fitr) non-working public sector holidays in Saudi Arabia should be extended again, this time by a full week, with Government offices which were scheduled to reopen on July 2, now to re-open on July 9, 2017.  14 Jun 2017 Saudi 2017 End of Ramadan Public Holidays Extended (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Civil Service Ministry has announced that the upcoming 2017 End of Ramadan (Eid al Fitr) non-working public sector holidays in Saudi Arabia would be extended by 4 days as compared to last month's tweeted announcement that the 2017 End of Ramadan public sector holidays would run from Ramadan 25 until Shawwal 5.  27 May 2017 Saudi 2017 End of Ramadan Public Holidays (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) The government of Saudi Arabia, via a Tweet by its Ministry of Civil Service, has announced that the 2017 End of Ramadan public sector holidays would run from Ramadan 25 until Shawwal 5.  17 Sep 2016 Saudi 2016 National Day Public Holiday Extended (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Civil Service Ministry has announced that there would be a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, July 22, 2016, to compensate for the Saudi Kingdom's National Day annual non-working public holiday of September 23, falling during the Saudi weekend in 2016.  01 Sep 2016 Saudi Arabia Extends 2016 Eid al Adha Public Holidays (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) The government of Saudi Arabia, via a Tweet by its Ministry of Civil Service, has announced that this year's Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public sector holidays would be extended by 2 days (the 16th and 17th of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1436 AH), with work for all sectors of the state starting again on Sunday, September 18, 2016.  10 Jan 2016 Saudi Arabia 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) Saudi authorities have released an initial calendar of Saudi non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2016.  23 Sep 2015 Saudi Arabia Extends 2015 Eid al Adha Public Holidays (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) The government of Saudi Arabia, via a royal decree issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, has announced that this year's Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public sector holidays would be extended by 3 days (the 16th, 17th and 18th of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1436 AH), with work for all sectors of the state starting again on Sunday, Dhu al-Hijjah 21, 1436 AH.  13 Sep 2015 Saudi Arabia Moves 2015 Eid al Adha Public Holiday (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) In a surprise announcement, the Saudi government has changed its previously-announced date of September 23, for the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holiday, by shifting the entire month of Dhul Hijjah by one day.  28 Aug 2015 Saudi Arabia National Day Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out (Saudi Press Agency-SPA) A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Civil Service Ministry has announced that there would be no one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Saudi Arabia to compensate for the Kingdom's National Day annual non-working public holiday of September 23, as it falls within the Eid Al-Adha annual public holidays in 2015.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Saudi Arabia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The list and dates of the official public holidays in Saudi Arabia are set forth in Article 2 of the Constitution of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (adopted in March 1992 by Royal decree of King Fahd).  Weekends in Saudi Arabia are Fridays and Saturdays.  According to the constitution: The state's only public holidays are Id al-Fitr and Id al-Adha. Its calendar is the Hegira calendar.. These two festivals are both observed by the Saudi government for 10 days each when all government offices are closed. It is best to avoid non-essential business travel around these times. Business does contunue during Ramadan, but meetings are often scheduled for late evening, after the breaking of the fast.  Eid al-Fitr :the feast of the breaking of the fast of the month of Ramadan lasts for three days. However, the Eid al-Fitr holiday is customarily ten days long at the end of the month of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawal.  Eid al-Adha: the Feast of Sacrifice lasts for four days. The holiday of Eid al-Adha is also a ten day holiday usually extending from the fifth to the fifteenth day of the month of Thul-Hijja. It is observed by the government and private sector for the performance of Hajj (the Islamic religious pilgrimage to Holy Makkah).  Private Sector: Most of the Saudi private sector observes the two public holidays for three and five days respectively.  Saudi National Day became a full public holiday in 2005.  Banks: Banks in Saudi Arabia observe the public holiday periods set by the governing administrations for private sector companies.  Saudi Arabia International Codes SA and SAU (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .sa (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Saudi Arabia information and news: Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (Saudi Arabia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Saudi Arabia maps, demographics and economic statistics), and Wikipedia (includes Saudi Arabia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Saudi Arabia, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Saudi Arabia that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Saudi Arabia were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Saudi Arabia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Saudi Arabia, before planning any trip to Saudi Arabia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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