2020 may have passed by more like a typhoon than a breeze for many citizens of the world. However, as the year comes to a close, a lot of us are already looking forward to the New Year, hoping for a better experience for us and our loved ones.
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Although many plans and projects have been put on hold in 2020, the entry of the New Year opens up new opportunities for people to “get back on track” in terms of their plans and projects. This includes vacation trips, reunions, and many other important activities. With these things in mind, one of the first things you need to consider when planning is the dates of the public holidays, whether you’re living or visiting here in Qatar.
Due to the pandemic, you may have last-minute canceled a long-awaited business launch, your marriage, or your vacation trips. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to get a hold of the list of the upcoming public holidays to be observed in your place of residence. And if you’re living in or planning to visit Qatar in 2021, make sure to bookmark this post so you have an easy reference and guide for your planning.
Here is the list of the gazetted public holidays in Qatar, as posted on the Qatari government’s official website:
- February 9 (Tuesday) – National Sports Day
- May 13 (Thursday) – First Day of Eid Al Fitr *
- May 14 (Friday) – Eid Al Fitr Holiday *
- May 15 (Saturday) – Eid Al Fitr Holiday *
- July 19 (Monday) – First Day of Eid Al Adha *
- July 20 (Tuesday) – Eid Al Adha Holiday *
- July 21 (Wednesday) – Eid Al Adha Holiday *
- December 18 (Saturday) – National Day
* Dates to be confirmed
Note: Fridays and Saturdays are official days off in Qatar
Qatar, as a Muslim country, also observes Islamic holidays based on local moon sightings. Therefore, the above-presented dates are only approximations. It is advised that you check with the local government as the dates come close for confirmation of the official dates.
What are you most looking forward to in 2021? Are there any plans that have been postponed in 2020 that you would like to pursue in the New Year? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below. We love to hear from you!