Number of public holidays which we get in Saudi Arabia is fewer than many other countries of the world. I have been working in Saudi Arabia from a long time and now I have forgotten the feeling of enjoying the occasional holidays. In fact, after reading this article, you don’t even have to memorize the number of holidays available to you in Saudi Arabia. These are too few that you can recount them on finger tips. In this article, I will be explaining about the public holidays available to employees in Saudi Arabia during the year 2016. However, it should be kept in mind that public holidays do not mean vacations available to employees in Saudi Arabia. We have published a separate article regarding “Vacations under Saudi Labor Law”.
Eid ul Fitar comes on 1st Shawal every year. There are normally 15 public holidays for the employees of government sectors starting from Ramadan 20th. In private sector, normally companies give public holiday of 4-5 working days. Saudi Labor Law Article 112 requires at least 4 public holidays. Normally companies with two days weekend give 5 working off days accompanies by 2+2=4 weekly off days. In this way, they give 9 off days to their employees on Eid-ul-Fitar. In private sector public holidays start from 30th Ramadan. Expected holidays during the year 2016 on Eid ul Fitar are;
- July 06, 2016 – 01 Shawwal 1437 – Eid ul Fitar
- July 07, 2016 – 02 Shawwal 1437 – Eid ul Fitar
- July 08, 2016 – 03 Shawwal 1437 – Eid ul Fitar
- July 09, 2016 – 04 Shawwal 1437 – Eid ul Fitar
Eid-ul-Adha comes on 10th of Zil Hajja. According to Article 112 of Saudi Labor Law, there should be at least 4 public holidays starting from 9th of Zil Hajja. In government sector, generally there are 10 public holidays but it varies a little bit every year. In private sector, normally companies give public holiday of 4-5 working days. Normally companies with two days weekend give 5 working off days accompanies by 2+2=4 weekly off days. In this way, they give 9 off days to their employees on Eid-ul-Adha as well.
- Sep 11, 2016 – 09 Dhul Hijjah 1437 – Eid ul Adha
- Sep 12, 2016 – 10 Dhul Hijjah 1437 – Eid ul Adha
- Sep 13, 2016 – 11 Dhul Hijjah 1437 – Eid ul Adha
- Sep 14, 2016 – 12 Dhul Hijjah 1437 – Eid ul Adha
Saudi National Day comes on 23rd of September every year. It is generally public holiday all over the Saudi Arabia.
- Sep 23, 2016 - Saudi National Day
Overtime in Saudi Arabia
If your employer requests you to work on any of the above days, keep it in mind that it depends upon your discretion to work or not to work. Secondly, you must be getting overtime for the days or hours you have worked. We have published a separate article about it. “Working Hours and Overtime in Saudi Arabia.”