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The month of Ramadan is considered the holiest and most sacred month of the Islamic Hijri (lunar) calendar. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to God by way of fasting; that is to say, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and also husband-wife intimacy from the breaking of dawn until the setting of the sun.

In Saudi Arabia, businesses and government offices usually operate reduced working hours during Ramadan to accommodate the spiritual practices of Muslims. As we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the updated working hours for Ramadan 2023 in Saudi Arabia.

Ramadan 2023 working hours Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has announced the Ramadan working hours for both public and private sectors, which are the same as in previous years. For Ramadan 2023, Saudis can expect the following working hours.

Public sector

The working hours for the public sector are 5 hours per day. This means the public sector’s Ramadan work hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Private sector

Generally speaking, the working hours for the private sector will be 6 hours per day. Moreover, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has introduced flexible working hours for Saudi employees during Ramadan, as detailed below:

  • 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

However, please note that the Ramadan working hours for the private sector may also depend on the management of private companies, except when the nature of work requires extra hours of operation.

When is Ramadan 2023 in Saudi Arabia?

It is predicted that Ramadan 2023 in Saudi Arabia will begin on Wednesday, 22 March 2023, and is expected to last 30 days.

However, tradition mandates that the exact date of the holy month’s beginning must be determined by a moon sighting committee consisting of religious scholars, astronomers, and other authorities under the cover of night. The committee is responsible for observing certain sightings related to the appearance and cycle of the new crescent moon, which heralds the start of Ramadan.


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