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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Qatar recognizes several official public holidays including New Year’s Day; National Sports Day; Qatar National Day; Islamic New Year; Eid ul-Fitr, commemorating the end of Ramadan and Eid ul-Adha, celebrating Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, a holiday lasting three days. The country also recognizes regional observances, which are not typically deemed public holidays.

Labor Law in Qatar

Qatar, a monarchy ruled by the Al Thani family since the 19th century is a conservative society, based on strict adherence to Islamic religion and culture. Known for its high-income economy, Qatar is regarded as one of the richest countries in the world. Labor laws in Qatar are regulated by the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs and the Labor Department of the Ministry. All workers are required to enter into a legally-binding labor agreement or employment contract. Many workers are bound to service agreements established by the General Union for the Workers of Qatar.

According to current labor regulations, workers are not permitted to work more than 44 hours per week, based on eight working hours per day. The law makes an exception for the month of Ramadan, stating that the maximum number of working hours are limited to 36 hours per week, based on six hours per day. All workers in Qatar are entitled to 24 hours of consecutive weekly rest per week, which includes Fridays. If an employee performs work on a weekly rest day, compensation includes normal wages in addition to an increase of 150 percent. This amounts to time and one-half. In addition, the worker is allowed another rest day, payable at the normal wage. The labor laws mandate that workers are not permitted to work more than two consecutive Fridays per month, in honor of religious commitments.

Workers are entitled to annual leave, paid at full wages for three working days during Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha respectively. One day of paid leave is allowed for Independence Day. An additional three days of leave is permitted at the discretion of the employer. After one year of consecutive employment, workers are entitled to paid annual leave of at least three weeks. After five years of employment, paid annual leave is increased to four weeks. Qatari labor laws also provide that all Muslim workers are entitled to leave without pay for a period not exceeding two weeks in order to fulfill religious pilgrimage obligations.

Public Holidays 2017

14 FebTueNational Sports Day
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr
26 JunMonEid al-Fitr
27 JunTueEid al-Fitr
31 AugThuEid al-Adha
1 SepFriEid al-Adha
2 SepSatEid al-Adha
18 DecMonNational Day