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Qatar, a vibrant and culturally rich nation located in the Arabian Gulf, boasts a diverse calendar of public holidays that celebrate its heritage, religion, and national spirit.
These holidays provide an opportunity for both residents and visitors to immerse themselves in Qatar’s unique traditions, experience its warm hospitality, and witness the country’s rich cultural tapestry.
In this article, we will explore the Qatar public holidays in 2023, delving into the significance and festivities associated with each occasion.
Qatar Public Holidays in 2023
Below is a quick list of the public holidays in Qatar for 2023:
|14 February||Tuesday||National Sport Day|
|21 April||Friday||Eid Al-Fitr|
|19 April to 27 April||Wed – Thu||Eid Al-Fitr Holidays For Public Sector|
|28 June||Wednesday||Eid Al-Adha|
|27 June to 03 July||Tue – Mon||Eid Al-Adha Holidays For Public Sector|
|18 December||Monday||Qatar National Day|
Now let’s check holidays these in detail:
National Sport Day – 14 February 2023
National Sport Day is a public holiday in Qatar, held annually on the second Tuesday in February to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among its citizens. This public holiday encourages people of all ages to participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities.
The day is filled with sports events, competitions, and community-based fitness programs that highlight the importance of sports and well-being. The first National Sport Day was held in 2012.
NOTE: National Sport Day is not a mandatory holiday for private institutions in Qatar. Most public sector companies including government offices will be closed on this day. Usually most private companies give off on this day or conduct sports activities for employees and families.
Eid Al-Fitr – 21 April 2023
Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting and spiritual reflection for Muslims worldwide. Qatar, with its significant Muslim population, observes this joyous occasion with great enthusiasm.
Families and friends gather to break their fasts, exchange gifts, and engage in acts of charity. The festivities continue for several days, filled with traditional food, music, and special prayers.
The exact dates may vary based on the sighting of the crescent moon, so it is advisable to check with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs for any updates.
As per Qatar labour law, private sector staff are entitled to 3 working days holiday during Eid Al Fitr. Public sector staff usually receives one week or more as Eid holidays.
Eid Al-Adha – 28 June 2023
Eid Al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
Qataris celebrate this festival by attending prayers at mosques and engaging in communal prayers and sermons. Families come together to share a festive meal, exchange greetings, and distribute meat to the less fortunate.
As with Eid Al Fitr, the exact dates may vary based on the sighting of the crescent moon.
Private sector staff are entitled to 3 working days holiday during Eid Al Adha. Public sector staff usually receives one week or more as Eid holidays.
Qatar National Day – 18 December 2023
One of the most significant public holidays in Qatar is National Day, in commemoration of Qatar’s unification by the founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani. It took place on 18 December of the year 1878. Sheikh Jassim established the rules of the modern State of Qatar.
It was decided to consider this day of every year an official holiday under decree No. (11) in 2007, issued by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Crown Prince and Heir Apparent then on 21 June 2007.
On this day, Qataris express their patriotism and pride through a series of events and festivities. The streets are adorned with vibrant decorations, and the national flag is proudly displayed. Festivities include parades, traditional music performances, cultural exhibitions, and spectacular firework displays.
Private sector and public sector staff are entitled to 1 working day holiday during Qatar National Day.
Other Important Dates
The following days are holidays in some Islamic countries including UAE. However these are not official holidays in Qatar:
- Gregorian New Year: 1 January 2023
- Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year): 21 July 2023*
- Prophet Mohammed’s birthday: 29 September 2023*
*Note: Islamic holidays are determined according to moon sighting.
Qatar has a diverse culture and a rich history, and its public holidays reflect this diversity. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, it is important to be aware of these holidays and their significance. By doing so, you can make the most of your time in Qatar and experience the country’s unique traditions and customs.
Qatar public holidays in 2023 offer a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage, Islamic traditions, and national pride. These occasions bring people together, fostering a sense of unity, joy, and appreciation for Qatar’s diverse community.
- Qatar Labour Law on Annual Leave and Holidays
- Qatar Labour Law on Sick Leave and Maternity
- Ramadan Working Hours in Qatar
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