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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Arab Republic of Egypt, with a population of over 89 million has the largest population of all countries in the Arab continent. Modern Egypt has been recognized as an important cultural and religious center in North Africa, the Middle East and the Muslim world.

It is estimated that close to 98 percent of Egyptians practice the Muslim faith. It is of no surprise, therefore, that many public holidays in Egypt are based on religious and cultural beliefs.

According to Egyptian laws, 21 official holidays are recognized. In addition to public holidays, regions and territories honor religious and cultural observances. Many holidays are discretionary, based on terms set forth in an employment contract or agreement. Most of Egypt’s national holidays were established in honor of the country’s long struggle for freedom and religious equality. Several religious holidays take place over a period of several days, including the first three days of Ramadan and the first five days of the Qurban Bairam holiday.

According to the Egyptian Labour Code, employees are entitled to at least 13 paid holidays per year. If an employee is required to work on a national holiday, compensation in the amount of double the normal salary is paid.

Wages, Overtime and Annual Leave

All employees in Egypt are required to enter into an employment contract which establishes the terms and conditions of employment. Newly initiated Egyptian labour laws regulate the maximum number of hours that can be worked during a week. Employees cannot work more than eight hours per day or 48 hours per week without being paid overtime compensation. The law also mandates that all employees are entitled to annual salary increases amounting to at least seven percent. This is similar to cost-of-living increases in many countries.

Egyptian employees are entitled to 21 paid vacation days per year. After an employee has served a period of 10 years, the vacation entitlement is increased to 30 days per year. Official public holidays are not included in annual leave entitlement. The labour laws state that employees working in dangerous occupations are entitled to an additional seven days of paid vacation time. All accrued and unused vacation time shall be paid to an employee upon termination of employment.

Public Holidays 2017

7 JanSatCoptic Christmas
25 JanWed25th of January Revolution - Police Day
16 AprSunCoptic Easter
17 AprMonSham El Nessim
25 AprTueSinai Liberation Day
1 MayMonLabor Day
25 JunSunEid El Fitr *
26 JunMonEid El Fitr *
23 JulSunRevolution Day
31 AugThuWakfet Arafat
1 SepFriEid El Adha *
2 SepSatEid El Adha *
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
6 OctFriArmed Force Day
30 NovThuProphet Mohamed's Birthday *

* subject to changes