Plan your holidays this year with our complete guide on official and expected dates for public holidays in Saudi Arabia
1 January 2023| Last updated on 9 January 2023
Ready your annual leaves and vacation plans, these are the public holiday dates for 2023 in KSA.
Every working expat loves a holiday, and in the kingdom there is a good number of Saudi Arabia public holidays in 2023 to look forward to.
Whether you're interested in flying out for a vacation, go on a staycation, explore some local sights, or try out a new restaurant or cool activity, the public holidays allow for a time of relaxation and precious 'me-time' from work or school.
We know how important it is to plan your trips and annual leaves, so we've compiled a guide on the potential and official dates for Saudi Arabia's public holidays in 2023.
Full list of Saudi Arabia public holidays in 2023
Wondering when is the next public holiday in Saudi Arabia? These are the dates for your calendar:
When is Saudi Foundation Day 2023?
Celebrated on February 22 each year, Saudi Foundation Day marks the foundation of the First Saudi State in 1727 by Imam Muhammad bin Saud. This year, the public holiday will fall on a Wednesday.
When is Eid Al Fitr 2023?
Following the Holy Month of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia, the next public holiday in the kingdom will be for Eid Al Fitr. It is likely to fall on April 21 - 24, so residents can expect a four-day weekend.
As it is dependent on the moon sightings, the exact dates for Eid Al Fitr holidays will be announced closer to the date itself.
When is Arafat Day 2023?
Arafat Day marks the first day of Eid Al Adha, and it is a sacred day for Muslims around the globe as it marks the day when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave his final sermon on Mount Arafah.
While Arafat Day in Saudi Arabia is expected to fall on Tuesday June 27, the actual date will be revealed closer to the day based on moon sightings.
When is Eid Al Adha 2023?
Right after Arafat Day, the kingdom will mark Eid Al Adha. The potential dates are from Wednesday June 28 to Friday June 30, but this is also dependent on the moon sightings.
Residents might enjoy a long six-day weekend with the combination of Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha public holidays.
When is Saudi National Day 2023?
The final public holiday in 2023 will be the celebration of Saudi National Day, which takes place annually on September 23.
Saudi Arabia National Day 2023 is taking place on a Saturday so there will not be a long weekend for those with working days on Mon-Fri.
Every year, the occasion brings a variety of exciting events across the kingdom, from fireworks and cultural performances to parades and Saudi flags proudly displayed at homes, schools, offices, and out in public.