These are a list of Middle East countries and their national days. The Middle East is a region steeped in history and culture, with a rich tapestry of traditions, languages, and religions. One way in which this diversity is celebrated is through national days, which commemorate important events and figures in each country’s history.
From the establishment of new nations to the birth of national heroes, Middle Eastern national days provide an opportunity for people to come together, reflect on their past, and look forward to the future. In this post, we will explore some of the most significant national days in the Middle East
The National Day of the UAE or the National Day of the United Arab Emirates is on the 2 December (National Day, formation of federation of seven Emirates and independence from the United Kingdom 1971). See the history of the national day of the United Arab Emirates.
Basically the National Day of Syria is on the 17 April (Evacuation Day, from France 1946). Called Evacuation Day (Arabic: عيد الجلاء) commemorates the evacuation of the last French soldier from Syria and Syria’s full independence on the 17th April 1946. The public holidays for Syria has been added below.
The National Day of Saudi Arabia is on the 23 September (unification of the kingdoms Nejd and Hejaz 1932). This is also known as the Saudi National Day or the Day of the Unification. As explained this is an annual celebration on the 23rd September. It marks the anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz in 1932.
The National Day of Qatar is on the 18 December (Official National Day; the assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani in 1878). Founder’s day celebrates the rise to power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani. Jassem is usually regarded as the father of the state of Qatar.
The National Day of Palestine is on the 15 November. As you will note that the National Day of Palestine is celebrated annually on the 15th November. This to celebrate the declaration of independence of Palestine in 1988. The day is also known as Independence Day or Yawm al Istiqlal in Arabic.
The National Day of Oman is on the 18 November. This being the birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman. See the history on the national day of Oman here. It marks the anniversary of the country’s independence from Portugal in 1650, as well as the birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who ruled Oman from 1970 until his death in 2020.
The National Day of Lebanon is on the 22 November (Independence from France 1943). See the history of the independence from France as well as what the public holidays are today in Lebanon. See a very brief history on the liberation of the country from the French. (National Day of France)
The National Day of Kuwait is annually on the 25th February this being their National Day. There is also Liberation Day which is on the 26 February which is their Liberation Day, from Iraq 1991. See a brief history on this national day in Kuwait.
The National Day of Kurdistan is on the 21 March (Nawroz, Kurdish New Year celebrated on the spring equinox).This day commemorates the adoption of the Kurdish flag in 1991 by the Kurdish Parliament in exile. The flag features a red, white, and green tricolor with a sun emblem in the center, which represents freedom and independence.
The National Day of Israel is on the 14 May, according to Jewish calendar at 5 Iyar (Yom Ha’atzmaut, proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948). See the history behind this national day.
The National Day of Iraq is on the 3rd October (Independence from United Kingdom 1932). The Iraqi Independence Day and commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom on October 3, 1932. Iraq used be was under an UN Mandate.