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Saudi Arabia Adds February 22 Annual Founding Day Public Holiday

Source: Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: February 13, 2022


Saudi Arabia's King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has issued a royal decree declaring February 22 as a new annual public holiday to be observed on February 22 to "commemorate the commencement of the reign of Imam Muhammad bin Saud and his founding of the first Saudi state in 1727".

The only other Saudi public holiday based on the Gregorian calendar, is the National Day public holiday, observed annually since 2005 on September 23, and which marks the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

In recent years, the National Day public holiday was often extended with a day in lieu public holiday, when September 23 fell on a Friday or Saturday, or with a bridge public holiday, when September 23 fell on a Monday or Wednesday (2021-09-13, 2020-09-08, 2019-09-05 and 2018-09-20).

So we can probably expect the same to be done whenever this new Founding Day public holiday falls on a Saudi weekend, which 8 years ago, was switched to Friday-Saturday (2013-04-22).



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