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Qatar Announces 2020 National Day Public Holidays

Source: Qatari News Agency (QNA)
Posted: Monday, December 14, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 15, 2021

The Qatari Amiri Diwan has announced that, on the occasion of the upcoming Qatar National Day, Thursday and Friday, December 17 and 18, 2020, would be the official 2020 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).

In the past, whenever December 18, the annual Qatari National Day public holiday, falls on Wednesday, one day away from the following Qatari weekend (2019-12-16, 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.

But this year, despite the fact that "Qatar National Day will be celebrated on Friday, December 18, 2020", the statement goes on to state that "employees will rejoin their work on Sunday, December 20, 2020".

Recall that, since 2000, the weekends in Qatar are Fridays and Saturdays (1999-09-18).

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