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List of Holidays in Kuwait this 2020

Although Kuwait isn’t known as one of the most popular places to go on a holiday, the Gulf State remains as one of the top work destinations among expats for the many job opportunities the country offers.

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Earning some money is just as important as knowing how to use it. And where there’s work, people should learn about their rights such as when they can take time-offs, vacations as well as leaves. But knowing these things is just one aspect of life here, planning when to use them is another. Once you have these things covered, you’ll be able to do more meaningful things not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones.  

List of Holidays in Kuwait this 2020

Public Holidays Observed in Kuwait this 2020

And so, to make things as easy and organized as possible, we have come up with a list of public holidays in Kuwait to serve as your guide in planning for your next local or out of the country escapade:  

Here is the list of public holidays in Kuwait this 2020:

  • January 1 (Wednesday) – New Year’s Day
  • January 2 (Thursday) – New Year Holiday
  • February 25 (Tuesday) – National Day
  • February 26 (Wednesday) – Liberation Day
  • March 22 (Sunday) – The Prophet’s Ascension
  • May 24 (Sunday) – Eid al-Fitr
  • May 25 (Monday) – Eid al-Fitr Holiday
  • May 26 (Tuesday) – Eid al-Fitr Holiday
  • July 31 (Friday) – Eid al-Adha
  • August 1 (Saturday) – Eid al-Adha Holiday
  • August 20 (Thursday) – Islamic New Year
  • October 29 (Thursday) – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday


  • Kuwait observes a Friday and Saturday weekend. 

Being a Muslim country,  Kuwait observes Islamic holidays based on local moon sightings, and while the above list presents approximate dates, everyone who resides in the country should wait for the official announcement by the government as the holiday draws nearer. 

And, as is the case in most parts of the world, public holidays are still subject to change and approval by the government, especially with the pandemic severely affecting many countries right now. In line with this, the Kuwaiti government has even extended the public holidays due to the coronavirus pandemic until May 28.  

If things were different right now though, would you personally go on a holiday vacation in Kuwait? If so, where would that be? Let us know what you think by writing in the comments section below! But until all is well and safe, we suggest you stay at home with your family and loved ones and enjoy this time to bond together and to reconnect with each other (if you still haven’t).   

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