Most of the holidays observed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are those with religious value. That said, there aren’t a lot of public holidays celebrated in the country. And while that’s quite sad for some people, the good news is, most of these holidays last several days. This way, it’s ideal to check out the dates beforehand so you can take advantage of them when planning your vacation.
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As with other Muslim countries, most public holidays in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia are determined by the local sightings of the moon. And while we can guess as to when these may take place, the exact dates have yet to be announced by government officials. So be sure to stay tuned for updates and changes in this post.
Saudi Arabia Public Holidays in 2021
Among the public holidays observed in the kingdom are Eid Al Fitr (The Feast of the End of Ramadan), Eid Al Adha (The Feast of the End of Hajj), and Saudi National Day, which commemorates the unification of the Kingdom.
For 2021, here are the projected dates for the abovementioned holidays:
- May 12 (Wednesday) – Eid Al Fitr*
- May 13 (Thursday) – Eid Al Fitr Holiday*
- May 14 (Friday) – Eid Al Fitr Holiday*
- May 15 (Saturday) – Eid Al Fitr Holiday*
- July 19 (Monday) – Eid Al Adha*
- July 20 (Tuesday) – Eid Al Adha Holiday*
- July 21 (Wednesday) – Eid Al Adha Holiday*
- July 22 (Thursday) – Eid Al Adha Holiday*
- August 9 (Monday) – Islamic New Year*
- September 23 (Thursday) – Saudi National Day
- October 19 (Tuesday) – The Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PUBH)*
NOTE: Dates with an asterisk (*) are still subject to change, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Do note that for some of these holidays, the number of days off depends on whether you are working in the public or private sector, as well as the nature of your work. Nevertheless, by taking note of these dates, you can start planning your travel plans and setting your official leaves and vacations for 2021!