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Four-day Saudi National Day 2019 holiday confirmed by the Ministry

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Gift on National Day

Saudi Arabia is celebrating its 89th Saudi National Day on 23rd September 2019. The Saudi Government will hold various festivals and events throughout the country to celebrate the day in an unprecedented way.

In this regard, King Salman gave his nation a unique gift. King Salman ordered that the national holiday be extended to four days. People leave for their holidays on the 20th of September 2019 and return to work on the 24th of September.

The National Day is always celebrated on September 23 to commemorate the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to Saudi Arabia by a royal decree from King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932.

The 2019 event will be the country’s 89th. Saudi National Day is celebrated with folklore dances, songs and traditional festivals. The roads and buildings are decorated with Saudi flags and people wear green shirts.

Is it for Private Sectors too?

People working in the private sector will also enjoy the four days of the National Holidays. We can conclude this as Minister of Labor and Social Development. Mr. Ahmed Suleiman Al-Rajhi tweeted last year when the Saudi government also gave an additional day off in the private sector. The following tweet refers to the Royal Decree, which includes employees working in the private sector. 

We know that many private companies in Saudi Arabia have voluntarily extended the National Day of Holidays by one more day as a gesture of goodwill.

Is it for Expatriates employees as well?

All employees of the public sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, irrespective of nationality, Saudi citizens and Saudi Expats, would enjoy 4 holidays on the 89th Saudi National Day. They will report back to the office on September 24, 2019.

Security Forces and Health Staff

However, some sectors, such as security forces and health workers, are limited in numbers so that they will have to check their institution for days to come. If they are asked to report on September 22, 2019, they will be properly compensated as if they were working on a weekend.


We take this opportunity to educate the people working in Saudi Arabia that every employee is entitled to a national day off on 23 September. However, because any reason your company can not grant you a holiday on the day of the nation, you are entitled either to a countervailing period or an overtime period at a rate of 50 percent above the wade rate. Make sure you know your right to claim I from your employer.

Source: Saudi GazetteArabian Business

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