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Eid Ul Fitr Holidays In Saudi Arabia 2024

Holiday and Vacation, A Comprehensive Guide for Public and Private Sector Employees

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As the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims worldwide eagerly anticipate the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Human Resources has announced an extended holiday period for public sector employees this year, providing a well-deserved break for all workers to celebrate with their families and loved ones.

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) announced on Monday that there will be 4-day Eid Al-Adha holidays for the workers in the private and non-profit sectors.

Source: Saudi Gazette report

Public Sector Employees:

The announcement by the HR Ministry granting 10 days of Eid-ul-Fitr holidays for all public sector employees is indeed a generous gesture. This includes not only Saudi nationals but also expatriate workers employed in government entities. It is important to note that these holidays are by Article 112 of the Saudi Labor Law and Article 4 of the ministry’s bylaw for holidays, ensuring that employees are granted adequate time off to observe this special occasion.

Private Sector Employees:

While public sector employees enjoy an extended holiday period, those working in the private sector have different regulations to follow. According to official sources, Saudi Banks and Stock Market will have 9 days off during Eid-ul-Fitr this year. Employers in the private sector must adhere to these guidelines set forth by the government regarding holiday entitlements.

Weekend Extension Policy:

In cases where weekends fall within the designated holiday period, employers are required to extend the Eid Holidays accordingly. If a two-day weekend occurs during this time frame, employees may be entitled to additional days off until April 15th as per regulations. Both employers and employees need to be aware of these policies to ensure fair treatment and compliance with labor laws.

Overtime Entitlements:

Employees who do not receive holidays as per the stipulated duration outlined by authorities are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of 50% above their regular wage rate. This provision serves as a safeguard against any discrepancies or violations related to holiday entitlements within both public and private sectors.

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