Government offices will close in three weeks in Muslim countries throughout the world for Eid al-Adha.

Key Points:

  • Saudi Arabia’s government offices will close on July 10 to July 17 for Eid al-Adha.
  • Other countries will observe shorter closures on or around July 10 and 11; exact holiday dates and government office closures will differ from country to country and, in some cases, are not yet set. Employers and employees should check with local authorities for exact closure dates.
  • Employers and foreign nationals who need government services should submit applications as soon as possible and expect processing delays in the coming weeks.

Background: Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, Eid-e-Ghorban, Kurban Bayramı or Hari Raya, marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.

BAL Analysis: Government services slow down throughout the Eid al-Adha season and many government offices will close for extended periods of time. Embassies and consulates around the world also observe the holiday, though schedules vary. Overseas applicants should contact their relevant embassy or consulate for specific holiday schedules. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid holiday-related delays.

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