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Eid al-Adha is traditionally celebrated with the slaughtering of livestock

J. Zach Hollo

Eid Al Adha is traditionally celebrated with the slaughtering of livestock.

The public sector in Qatar will be given a week off for Eid Al Adha, the Emiri Diwan has announced.

Taking into account that Saudi Arabia has declared Eid on Saturday, Oct. 4, Qatar News Agency reports that the holiday will run from Sunday, Oct. 5 to Thursday, Oct. 9.

Regular hours for ministries, authorities and other public or government institutions will resume on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Bank holidays have yet to be announced by Qatar Central Bank. A representative of QCB told Doha News that an announcement is expected tomorrow, although last year most banks were closed for three days to mark Eid Al Adha.

UPDATE | 3:06pm

Bank employees are now saying financial institutions, etc, will be closed all of next week, like the public sector.

As far as the private sector, companies typically give employees three days, although it depends on the employer.

We’ll be posting our guide to celebrating Eid Al Adha in Qatar tomorrow.

What are your Eid plans?

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Qatar’s public sector will close for the Eid Al Fitr holiday from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Thursday, Aug. 15, the government has announced.

This applies to “ministries and the other governmental organs and general authorities and institutions,” though typically exceptions are made for essential services such as immigration.

Though the official 12-day holiday is expected to end on Sunday, Aug. 18, last year, many government employees went on an extended summer break. Thus, residents who have important paperwork to process may want to get it done over the next couple of days.

According to QNA, Qatar Central Bank (QCB), other banks and financial corporations under the control of QCB and Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) will have three days off, but that date hasn’t been determined yet.

Eid is expected to start either Thursday or Friday of this week, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

What are your plans? Thoughts?

Credit: Photo by Ilario Prospero

Note: This article has been corrected to reflect the possible dates of Eid