RIYADH –  The Saudi government has extended Eid-al-Fitr 2017 holidays up to 15 Shawwal and the Kingdom announced to celebrate the festival till 15 Shawwal.

The announcement came as part of royal decrees which replaced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with Mohammed bin Salman, previously deputy crown prince.

“Emanating from the wish of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to facilitate for citizens, and as the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr ends on Saturday, 7/10/ 1438H, he directed to extend the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr for all employees of the government sector and start work on Sunday, 15/10/1438 AH,” said a report by Saudi Press Agency.

The announcement means government employees in the Kingdom will start work on July 9 instead of July 1.

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