Saudi Arabia sets a minimum limit of 4 days for Eid holidays in government
Saudi Arabia has established guidelines specifying the minimum and maximum durations for official Eid holidays in the country.
The decision was communicated subsequent to a Cabinet session presided over by the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
According to the Cabinet's directive, government institutions are required to observe a minimum holiday period of four working days for both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in the Kingdom. Additionally, a maximum of five working days has been set as the upper limit for the holiday duration for these occasions.
In a statement released by the state-run SPA press agency, the Cabinet decided to "amend their administrative regulations in a way that permits observing the official holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha for a minimum of four working days and a maximum of five working days." This directive is directed at government institutions that adhere to the labour bylaw in accordance with their regulations and independent and accredited administrative regulations (commissions, institutions, centres, programmes, and the like)."
This decision reflects a regulatory approach to ensure consistency and compliance with labour laws during the festive periods of Eid al-Fitr and Eid l-Adha. By establishing a defined range for the holiday duration, the Saudi Arabian government aims to strike a balance between providing sufficient time for celebration and maintaining the essential functioning of government institutions.
The directive is not only a measure to regulate the holiday periods but also emphasises the importance of adherence to labour laws by government entities. It encourages these institutions, including commissions, centres, and programmes, to align their administrative regulations with the specified holiday durations, contributing to a standardised and organised approach to the celebration of Eid within the public sector in Saudi Arabia.