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Qatar Announces 2019 National Day Public Holidays

Source: Qatari News Agency (QNA)
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: December 15, 2021

The Qatari Amiri Diwan has announced that, on the occasion of Qatar's National Day, Wednesday and Thursday, December 18 and 19, 2019, would be the official 2019 National Day public holidays of Qatar.

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, as is the case this year, whenever December 18, the annual Qatari National Day public holiday, falls on Wednesday, one day away from the following Qatari weekend (2017-12-16 and 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.

The announcement goes on to state that "employees will rejoin their work on Sunday 22/12/2019" but that "This applies to governmental sectors", due to the discrepancy between the duration of the Qatari weekend between the private and public sectors of Qatar.

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