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When is the next public holiday in Saudi Arabia?

It’s a brand-new year…

A new year means a reset on our favourite days of the year – the public holidays in Saudi Arabia, and if you’re anything like us you’re possibly wondering when the first one is going to roll around. And luckily for us, it’s not much of a wait.

Public holidays in Saudi Arabia are times to celebrate with tonnes of going out, festive vibes and usually fireworks, so it’s safe to say they are occasions to remember. So, if you’re after when the next public holiday in Saudi Arabia is, you’ve come to the right place.

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The next public holiday is set to be later this month on February 22 for Saudi Founding Day. The highly anticipated day falls on a Thursday, so we may be looking at a long weekend.

As in the past, we will have to wait for the official announcement from the Saudi Arabia authorities. The holiday announcement usually comes a week or so before the day, and we will surely announce it as soon as we get confirmation.

What is Saudi Founding Day?

The decision to commemorate Saudi Founding Day on February 22 dates back three centuries, during the leadership of Imam Muhammad bin Saud when he founded the first Saudi state in 1727 and established a political entity that achieved unity, stability, and prosperity. On that day, Diriyah became the capital of the first Saudi State.

Stay tuned to whatsonsaudiarabia.com for the official announcements.