Thursday, June 11, 2015

Eid ul Fitr Holidays 2016 in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Civil Service has announced the schedule for Eid ul Fitr Holidays for the year 2016 in Saudi Arabia. According to the publications in different newspapers, Eid ul Fitr Holidays for the employees working in Government Sector will be starting from Ramadan 25, Thursday, June 30, 2016 and ending on Shawwal 05, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Employees will have to report back to offices on Monday, July 11, 2016. In this way, The Ministry of Civil Services has announced Eid ul Fitr Holidays of 11 days instead of 10 days. Source: Saudi Gazette

All the government offices like Jawazat (Passport Office), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Istiqdam, Ministry of Interior offices will remain closed during Eid ul Fitr Holidays from from Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Sunday, July 10, 2016.

People who are working in private sector will be enjoying Eid ul Fitr holidays as per the policy of the company. However, every employee working in private sector is entitled to the minimum number of Eid ul Fitr holidays as per Saudi Labor Law. According to Saudi Labor Law, you are allowed to have 4 fully paid holidays starting from 30th of Ramadan (Article 112). If your company is giving you holidays for less than this period, you can report against him to the labor office. To know about this rule in detail, please visit this article. "Leaves Entitlement of the Employees under Saudi Labor Law".

In the year 2016, the 30th Ramadan is expected on Tuesday, July 05, 2016. So every employee in Saudi Arabia is expected to have minimum 4 Eid ul Fitr holidays starting from Tuesday 05th July 2016 to Friday 8th July 2016. Unfortunately, this year Friday on 8th so employees will be having 1 less day of holidays.

Employers may ask employees to work during those days. Business like manufacturing concerns, super markets never close on Eid Holidays. If employee is willing to work during Eid holidays, employer is responsible to pay them overtime for all the time they have worked during these days. The overtime is paid at 150% of the basic wage as per Article 107 of the Saudi Labor Law. Read more in this link “Working Hours and Overtime Calculation in Saudi Arabia


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