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2016 Public Holidays in Doha Qatar

Given here is the list of Qatar Public holidays 2016. The Islamic festivals are based on Islamic calendar, determined by various moon phase sighting. The dates of the holidays change every year. The Qatar Public Holidays 2016 calendar is only based on estimates. The Qatar holiday calendar cannot be guaranteed for 100 percent accuracy. The below holiday calendar specifies national and public sector holidays only. Although private companies will also be closed for the same occasions, the number of working days in private sector is decided by the respective companies.

Friday, 1 January 2016 International New Year's Day
Tuesday, 9th February 2016 National Sports Day
Sunday, 6th March 2016 Early March Bank Holiday (only for Banks)
Sunday, 3rd July 2016 to Thursday, 14th July 2016 Eid Al Fitr (Date yet to be confirmed)
Sunday, 4th September 2016 to Thursday, 15th September 2016 Eid Al Adha (Dates yet to be confirmed)
Sunday, 18th December 2016 Qatar National Day – (Founder's day)

Note:

  • Exact dates of Islamic Calendar are subject to moon sightings and may differ based on the date given.
  • The weekend in Qatar is Friday and Saturday.
  • Holidays are sometimes subject to arbitrary last minute changes by local authorities, just as in any other part of the world. Although, effort has been made to present an accurate list of holidays for the year 2015, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omission of data herein. Therefore, you can verify the above dates with the embassy before planning a trip to Qatar.

Major Religious Holidays in Qatar

There are two major religious celebrations in Qatar – Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha, and these are also the major public holidays.

While Eid al Fitr is the end of fasting month of Ramadan, the Eid al Adha follows approximately 70 days after Eid al Fitr. Eid al Fitr happens to fall on the ninth month of Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar months. Therefore, the dates are not fixed. The holidays are determined only a day in advance.

During the lunar month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and there may be interruptions in normal business patterns. Several restaurants are closed during the day and there could be restrictions on smoking and drinking. This could last from two to ten days, depending on the region.

It is worthwhile to note that the weekend in Qatar runs over Friday and Saturday, with Friday being the main day of religious observance. Some businesses may work half a day on Thursday and then shut down for all of Friday. Some smaller shops may be shut all of Friday, or may open only after the afternoon call to prayer. Further, Qatar being a Muslim nation, expats may not get the traditional holidays for Christmas, New Year and Easter days.

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