6 Tips for Expats during Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

Ramadan is a Holy month for Muslims all over the world. They fast from Dawn to Dusk for the whole month. They try to spend this month in religious activities. 

Saudi Arabia has very strict rules against those who do not respect the month of Ramadan. If you are a newcomer to KSA, it is very important to take care of the following guidelines; otherwise, penalties may reach deportation.

  1. Working Hours during Ramadan

I have lived in many countries around the world and if you ask me about the country where it is easiest to spend Ramadan as an employee, I would say Saudi Arabia.

Working hours during Ramadan are so lenient that you don’t feel like you are working. 

  1. Eating or drinking during Ramadan

If you are a Non-Muslim or even if you are a Muslim but do not fast during the month of Ramadan, please do not eat or drink in public places.

Saudi Arabia has very strict rules against people who do not respect the feelings of those who are fasting. If you are caught eating or drinking anything in public places, you would be immediately detained and deported from Saudi Arabia.

  1. Eid Holidays

All Muslims and Non-Muslims employees working in Saudi Arabia get a vacation from 4 working days to 15 working days depending on your Employer.

As per Article 112 of Saudi Labor Law, every employee is entitled to have 4 fully paid vacations starting from the 30th Ramadan. 

  1. Peak Hours for Traffic

One of the most crowded times to drive during the month of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia is just before 5 pm when the curfew time ends. 

I would not suggest you drive during this time as the chances of accidents are also very high during peak hours.

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  1. Delays in Government Departments

Be prepared for the delays of all your official work with the government. It is seen that work processes in government departments are slowed down due to both the coronavirus and Ramadan.

  1. Restaurant opening hours

Saudi Arabia has allowed the restaurants to remain open during the month of Ramadan from 3:00 pm until 3:00 pm. It is worth mentioning that restaurants were allowed to remain open between 6:00 am until 3:00 pm before Ramadan due to the curfew.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.