The Ministry of Civil Service has announced the schedule for Eid-ul-Fitr Holidays for the year 2017 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, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and ending on Shawwal 05, Saturday, July 01, 2017. Employees will have to report back to offices on Sunday, July 02, 2017. In this way, The Ministry of Civil Services has announced Eid-ul-Fitr Holidays of 12 days instead of 10 days.
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 Tuesday, June 20, 2017, to Saturday, July 01, 2017.
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 should 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 them 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 2017, the 30th Ramadan is expected on Sunday, June 25, 2017. So, every employee in Saudi Arabia is expected to have minimum 4 Eid-ul-Fitr holidays starting from Sunday, June 25, 2017, to Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Fortunately, this year Friday is not coming within the days of Eid Holidays.
Employers may ask employees to work during those days. Business like manufacturing concerns, supermarkets never close on Eid Holidays. If an employee is willing to work during Eid holidays, the employer is responsible for paying 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”