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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island country located close to the Persian Gulf. The population is approximately 1.2 million, more than half of which are non-nationals.

During recent years the Islamic banking sector has grown significantly, mainly due to Bahrain’s export of oil. Unemployment and poverty have been a longstanding problem for Bahrain until it became recognized as a popular tourist destination.

In Bahrain, employees are required to enter into an employment contract or trade union bargaining agreement. The country’s labour laws are unclear as to paid holiday entitlement. The majority of public holidays in Bahrain are based on the predominant Muslim religion and culture. Bahrain celebrates the Birth of Prophet Muhammad, the Feast of Sacrifice, Islamic New Year and National Day. The most significant religious holiday is Ramadan, which takes place from mid-June through mid-July, a time in which Muslims are called to prayer for several hours per week. Most employers allow significant time off during Ramadan.

Labour Laws in Bahrain

Labour laws in Bahrain are regulated by the Ministry of Labour. Every worker in the country is required to enter into an employment contract or bargaining agreement setting forth terms of employment, wages and benefits. Employees are not permitted to work more than 48 hours per week without overtime compensation. Muslim workers are not permitted to work during the month of Ramadan for more than six hours per day or 36 hours per week.

If a worker is required to work more than the maximum hours permitted by the Labour Code, he or she is entitled to normal wages, in addition to a 25 percent bonus for extra time worked during the day or 50 percent for time worked during night shifts. Every worker in Bahrain is entitled to a continuous 24-hour rest period per week. Fridays are considered official days of rest, as they are designated as Muslim prayer days. If an employee is required to work during a mandatory day of rest, he or she will be paid normal wages, plus an additional 150 percent. As an alternative to receiving financial compensation, an employee may choose to take another day off in lieu of pay.

All employees are entitled to paid annual leave of 30 days after one year of continuous employment. Vacation time is calculated at a rate of two and one-half days per month. If a worker chooses not to take advantage of paid annual leave, he or she will be compensated at normal wages equal to the 30 days.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunEnd of Ramadan
26 JunMonEnd of Ramadan
27 JunTueEnd of Ramadan
1 SepFriFeast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatFeast of Sacrifice
3 SepSunFeast of Sacrifice
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
29 SepFriAshura
30 SepSatAshura
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
16 DecSatNational Day
17 DecSunNational Day