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After days of uncertainty as to whether anything would be done, this year, to compensate the fact that there is a single day gap between the 2017 annual National Day public holiday in Qatar, and the preceding Qatari weekend, the Qatari Government finally announced, earlier tonight, that it had declared Sunday, December 17, 2017, as a one-off public holiday in Qatar to link the annual National Day public holiday in Qatar, with the Qatari weekend.
December 18 was made into an annual public holiday by virtue of Qatar Law No. 61 of 2007 (2007-06-22). In compensation for this new public holiday, beginning in 2007, September 3 was no longer a public holiday in Qatar (2007-08-22). The change was later made permanent by the "Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers No. (6) of 2008, Setting the Official Holidays in the State and Organizing Work thereon" guidelines on official public holidays, and bank holidays, in Qatar (2008-02-06).
Since then, whenever December 18, the annual Qatari National Day public holiday, falls on Wednesday, one day away from the following Qatari weekend (1999-09-18), or on the weekend (2015-12-17, 2013-12-17, 2010-12-15 and 2009-12-11), an additional non-working public holiday is declared in Qatar.
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