King Salman announces 16 days Eid Holidays

Government Employees

The HR Ministry has announced 16 days Eid-ul-Adha holidays for all employees working in the public sector this year.

  • The first day of Eid Holidays: 1st of July (2 Dhul Hijjah).
  • The last day of Eid Holidays: 16th of July (17 Dhul Hijjah).

When we say all employees, it includes those expatriate employees who are working on the government sector payroll. However, this announcement does not apply to a few sectors such as;

  • Health Sector.
  • Armed forces including the police.
  • Banking sector.
  • Subcontracted Employees.

Private Sector Employees

According to Article 112 of Saudi Labor Law and Article 4 of the ministry’s bylaw for holidays, the minimum Eid Al-Adha holidays are 4 which usually start from the 9th of Dhul Hijjah (weekends excluded).

  • The first day of Eid Holidays: 8th of July (9 Dhul Hijjah).
  • Employees with one weekend will enjoy 5 Eid Holidays.
  • Employees with two weekend days will enjoy 6 Eid Holidays.

Banking Sector

The employees working in the banking sector will also enjoy 6 days Eid-ul-Fitr holidays this year.

  • The first day of Eid Holidays: 18th of April (27th Ramadan).
  • The last day of Eid Holidays: 24th of April (4th Shawwal).


Weekend Rules

If there is a weekend during those days, the employer is required to extend the Eid Holidays by the days of the weekend. Let’s say, if there is a two days weekend within this period, you are entitled to get Eid vacation until the 13th of May.


If your company is giving you holidays for less than this period, you are entitled to overtime at the rate of 50% above the wage rate.

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