Here we are providing you the list of Qatar Public holidays 2021. The Islamic festivals are subject to various moon phase sighting and so their calendar. The dates of holidays are not same every year, they change.
The Qatar holiday calendar cannot be 100% accurate as it is only based on estimates. This holiday calendar denotes national and public sector holiday only. Privates companies themselves decide their working days, though they will also be closed for same occasions.
International New Year’s Day
- Friday, 1 January 2021
National Sports Day
- Tuesday, 9th February 2021
Early March Bank Holiday (only for Banks)
- Sunday, 7th March 2021
Eid Al Fitr (Date yet to be confirmed) (public holidays)
- Tuesday, 11th May 2021 to Saturday, 15th May, 2021
Eid Al Adha (Dates yet to be confirmed) (public holidays)
- Tuesday, 20th July 2021 to Friday, 23rd July 2021
Qatar National Day – (Founder’s day) (public holiday)
- Saturday, 18th December 2021
- Exact dates of Islamic Calendar are determined by moon sightings and may differ from the given date.
- Friday and Saturday are weekend in Qatar.
- Sometimes local authorities can change the dates of holidays at last-minute, just as in other countries. We’ve tried to present you an accurate calendar, but you must verify the dates with the embassy before planning a trip.
Major Religious Holidays in Qatar
Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha are the two major religious celebrations as well as major public holidays in Qatar. Eid al Fitr is celebrated in the end of fasting month of Ramadan, the Eid al Adha is celebrated approximately 70 days after the Eid al Fitr. Islamic calendar is based on the lunar months and Eid al Fitr happens on its ninth month. So the holidays get confirmed just a day before and not fixed.
There may be interruptions in normal business patterns during the month of Ramadan, as Muslims fast in the day and feast at night. Smoking and drinking could be prohibited during this time and some restaurants may be closed during the day. This can be continuing from two to ten days. Please note that Fridays and Saturday are considered to be weekend in Qatar. Friday is the day for religious observance. Businesses and several shops may be closed on Friday, or may open after the prayer time in afternoon. It is quite possible that there will be no holidays for Christmas, New Year and Easter days as Qatar is a Muslim nation.