March 5, 2024
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Do you know the public holidays of 2024 in the GCC region? Here are the dates

Islamic holidays are subject to moon sightings

Residents of the six GCC nations (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait) will enjoy several public holidays, including Islamic holidays in 2024 – the New Year.

The public holidays will stretch further when combined with the standard weekends in the six GCC countries.

Islamic holidays in the GCC region are traditionally linked to the Islamic lunar calendar and involve moon sightings by officially appointed religious bodies. Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr, and Eid Al Adha holidays historically come under this purview.

Depending on the GCC country involved, some public holiday dates in 2024 are for the public and private sectors, while some are for the public sector.

Knowing public holidays in advance can aid Arab Gulf residents in booking flights and making other travel arrangements well in advance, as airlines and other travel and tourism operators across the globe tend to raise their prices by a good measure closer to travel dates.

It is advisable to check with each country’s official government channels closer to the date, as the dates listed below are approximate and subject to change by governments:

UAE

Jan 1 New Year

March 11 Ramadan expected to begin

Apr 10-12 Eid Al Fitr

June 15 Arafat Day

June 16-18 Eid Al Adha

Jul 7 Islamic New Year

Sep 15 Prophet’s Birthday (PBUH)

Dec 1 Commemoration Day

Dec 2 UAE National Day

SAUDIA ARABIA

Feb 22 Saudi Founding Day

March 11 Ramadan expected to begin

Apr 9-14 Eid Al Fitr

June 14 Arafat Day

June 17-19 Eid Al Adha

Jul 7 Islamic New Year

Sep 15 Prophet’s Birthday (PBUH)

Sep 23 Saudi National Day

QATAR

Feb 13 National Sports Day

March 11 Ramadan expected to begin

Apr 10-12 Eid Al Fitr

June 15 Arafat Day

June 16-18 Eid Al Adha

Jul 7 Islamic New Year

Dec 18 Qatar National Day

BAHRAIN

Jan 1 New Year

March 11 Ramadan expected to begin

Apr 10-12 Eid Al Fitr

June 15 Arafat Day

June 16-18 Eid Al Adha

Jul 7 Islamic New Year

Dec 16 Bahrain National Day

OMAN

March 11 Ramadan expected to begin

Apr 10-12 Eid Al Fitr

June 15 Arafat Day

June 16-18 Eid Al Adha

Jul 7 Islamic New Year

Jul 23 Renaissance Day

Sep 15 Prophet’s Birthday (PBUH)

Nov 18 Oman National Day

KUWAIT

Jan 1 New Year

Feb 8 Prophet’s Ascension (PBUH)

March 11 Ramadan expected to begin

Apr 10-12 Eid Al Fitr

June 15 Arafat Day

June 16-18 Eid Al Adha

Jul 7 Islamic New Year

Sep 15 Prophet’s Birthday

Nov 25 Kuwait National Day

Nov 26 Kuwait Liberation Day

Featured image: Islamic holidays in the GCC region typically involve sighting of the moon by authorised religious bodies. Image: Malith D. Karunarathne

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