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Business Practices in Qatar

Opening hours and bank holidays

General Information
Qatar business etiquette
U.S. Commericial Service guide on Qatar
Opening Hours and Days
The working week in Qatar is generally from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being off. However, most businesses are open on Friday, with just half-a-day on Thursday.
Offices usually work in two shifts, from 7.30am to 12pm and from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Banks are generally from Sunday to Thursday 7.30am – 1pm.
Hours vary significantly during the holy month of Ramadan to accommodate breaking the fast.

Public Holidays

Exact dates of Islamic Calendar are subject to moon sightings, thus public holidays may occur in different dates of the Gregorian Calendar each year
Second Tuesday in February National Sports Day
1st January International New Year's Day
Varies depending on the Islamic Calendar Eid al Fitri
Varies depending on the Islamic Calendar Eid al-Adha
18th December Qatar National Day – (Founder's day) (public holiday)
4th March 2018 Early March Bank Holiday (only for Banks)

Periods When Companies Usually Close

Eid Al Adha According to the Islamic Calendar

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