Month of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia Cuts Bank Working Hours
In the month of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia cut bank hours. Photos/Illustrations
RIYADH – The Central Bank of Saudi Arabia (SAMA) announced a reduction in working hours during the month of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays.
The month of Ramadan is one of the most important times of the year for Muslims around the world. It is a time for reflection, prayer and fasting during the day.
The start of Ramadan changes each year based on the Islamic calendar, which consists of 12 months with a total of 354 or 355 days. This causes the fasting month to move up to 10 days earlier each year in the Christian calendar.
This year, the month of Ramadan is expected to fall from March 22 or 23 to April 21. However, the date may differ based on the sighting of the new hilal which marks the arrival of the month of Shawwal, or after the 30th day of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed as a time of fasting, spiritual reflection, devotion and increase in charity.
In Saudi Arabia, the holy month is marked by various traditions and customs followed by Muslims, as well as non-Muslims living or visiting the country. This includes observing the rules to respect Muslim customs and fasting during the holy month.
In an announcement last weekend, SAMA stated that its branches and bank offices will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time during the month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, the money transfer center will operate from 09.30 to 17.30 local time.
Their seasonal bank and branch offices at airport and seaport hajj terminals, as well as in Mecca and Medina, as well as borders will remain open to serve Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors during the holidays.