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Saudi Arabia
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Saudi Arabia. Please scroll down to view.

Saudi Arabia recognizes public holidays, national holidays and local observances, many of which are based on Islamic religious traditions and culture. Public holidays include Feast at the End of Ramadan, which is officially observed for ten days. Companies in the private sector allow between three and seven days of paid leave. The Feast at the End of Hajj is generally observed in the same manner as the End of Ramadan. Saudi National Day commemorates the Unification of the Kingdom.

National holidays include Day of Mourning for King Abdullah; Eid al-Fitr; Saudi National Day; Feast of Sacrifice and Eid al-Adha. Several national holidays are observed over a period of two to three days, depending on the employer. Observances include the Prophet’s Birthday, as well as the beginning and end of Ramadan. Muharram, the Muslim New Year is also celebrated. All workers are guaranteed a minimum of 10 paid holidays per year. The maximum holiday entitlement is 15 days, depending on religious commitments.

Labor Laws in Saudi Arabia

Labor laws in Saudi Arabia are regulated by the Minister of Labor. As is common in the majority of Arab countries, an employment contract or labor agreement is required of all workers in both public and private sectors. Most employment agreements specify work conditions, wages, overtime and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. Saudi labor laws state that employees may not work more than eight hours per day. During the month of Ramadan, work hours for Muslims are limited to a maximum of six hours per day for a total of 36 hours per week based on a six-day work week.

All workers in Saudi Arabia are entitled to a weekly rest day amounting to 24 consecutive hours. The weekly rest day is paid at normal wages. If an employee is required to work overtime, working hours may not exceed 10 hours per day or 60 hours per week. Overtime compensation is paid at a rate equal to 50 percent above a worker’s normal hourly wage. All working hours during public holidays and Ramadan holidays are considered overtime.

All workers in Saudi Arabia are entitled to annual leave of at least 21 working days. After five years of continuous employment, annual leave is increased to 30 days. Workers are required to take annual leave during the year in which it was accrued. Upon approval by an employer, unused annual leave days may be carried over to the following year.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
25 JunSunEid Al-Fitri / Ramadan Holidays
26 JunMonEid Al-Fitri / Ramadan Holidays
27 JunTueEid Al-Fitri / Ramadan Holidays
28 JunWedEid Al-Fitri / Ramadan Holidays
31 AugThuEid ul-Adha / Hajj
1 SepFriEid ul-Adha / Hajj
2 SepSatEid ul-Adha / Hajj
3 SepSunEid ul-Adha / Hajj
23 SepSatSaudi National Day