Public Holiday in Iraq in 2023

Public Holiday in Iraq in 2023

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  Dates of Public Holiday in Iraq
2023 Iraq Thu, Jan 5 National Holiday
2022 May 23, Jul 22, Aug 4
IraqThu, Aug 4Government Holiday
IraqFri, Jul 22Government Holiday
IraqMon, May 23Government Holiday
2017 Iraq Thu, Aug 10 Government Holiday
2016 Jul 20, Jul 21
IraqThu, Jul 21Government Holiday
IraqWed, Jul 20Government Holiday

The Iraqi government has announced a public holiday due to adverse weather conditions.

January 5th 2023

The Iraqi government announced that it will be a public holiday on Thursday January 5th 2023 in all provinces due to ‘bad weather’ without elaborating. The ruling does not apply to the Kurdistan Region. 

Some Iraqi provinces have seen heavy rains since Tuesday, including the capital city of Baghdad. 

Amr Jabri, spokesperson for Iraq’s meteorology department, told Rudaw that they expect the rain to continue in the coming days. 

August 4th 2022

The Iraqi government has announced a bank holiday in eight governorates on Thursday August 4th 2022 due to high temperatures.

The local authorities in the governorates of Baghdad, Wasit, Najaf, Babil, Basra, Diwaniyah, Muthanna and Diyala suspended the official working hours due to the high temperatures in the country.

The Iraqi official weather forecast noted that the temperature would exceed 50 degrees Celsius in 8 Iraqi governorates, including Baghdad.

July 12th 2022

Due to the expected sand storm in Iraq, flights at all airports were suspended, while a public holiday was declared across the country. In a written statement made by the Iraqi Ministry of Transport, it was announced that flights at all airports would be suspended due to the sandstorm that will cause the visibility to fall below 100 meters, while the ministry warned the citizens, in particular, that lung patients should stay in their homes and not travel within the next 48 hours.

While the Iraqi Council of Ministers declared an official holiday across the country due to the approaching sandstorm, the Ministry of Education announced that education was given for one day.

May 23rd 2022

Due to the sandstorm that will last for two days and affect the whole country, Monday May 23rd 2022 has been declared a public holiday in all government offices and schools, upon the instruction of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi. Institutions providing health and safety services were excluded from the scope.

The Iraqi Ministry of Transport announced that flights at all country airports were suspended due to the sandstorm.

August 10th 2017

The Iraqi government has announced a mandatory official holiday beginning on Thursday due to a heatwave

July 20th - 21st 2016

The Iraqi government has announced a two-day mandatory official holiday beginning on Wednesday due to a heatwave.

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