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National Holidays in Qatar

Friday is the weekly holiday with many business working only a half day on Thursday. Embassies and government offices are closed on Thursday. Below are Public Holidays for the January 2007-December 2008 period.

20 Jan ()
Islamic New Year. (1 Muharram)
3 Sep Independence Day.
13 Oct Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (4 days).
20 Dec Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

10 Jan
Islamic New Year. (1 Muharram)
3 Sep Independence Day.
2 Oct Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (4 days). 
9 Dec Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). 
29 Dec Islamic New Year.


Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region.

Islamic holidays are determined by lunar sightings but, whereas some Muslim countries use information derived from observatories, unaided observations are preferred in Qatar, which makes exact dates difficult to predict, as the moon may be obscured by cloud, for example. There’s also a complicated conversion to be made from the Islamic to the Gregorian calendar. The dates shown below are therefore approximate, and the only way to be sure that a holiday has begun is to hear the gun that’s traditionally fired on such occasions, to hear an announcement on the local radio or to wake to hear less than usual traffic noise!




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