Top events in Saudi Arabia


For more than ten years, the Red Sea port town of Jeddah, on the western edge of Saudi Arabia, has hosted a festival that begins with fireworks on...


In the city of Buraidah, 300 kilometres north of Riyadh, the centre of town is transformed into a vast marketplace for fresh and dried dates, the...

Saudi Arabia Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region. During Hajj, all government establishments and some businesses will be closed for 10 to 14 days.


Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
25 June 2017
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
1 September 2017
National Day
Start date:
23 September 2017
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