Saudi Arabia's Fri-Sat weekend change 'soon'

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

Saudi Arabia will “soon” switch to a Friday-Saturday weekend, bringing the kingdom in line with the rest of the Gulf, according to the head of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).

Unlike the other five GCC states, Saudi Arabia currently operates on a Thursday-Friday weekend, although earlier this year the country’s consultative Shoura Council agreed to discuss the switch in principle for public sector workers, although did not provide a timeline.

“We are waiting for an official decision on the matter soon because we believe it is in the final stages [of approval],” Abdullah Al-Mubti, president of the CSC, told English language newspaper Arab News.

Al-Mubti said that all of Saudi Arabia’s chambers had already given their approval to the change for the public sector, although a switch for the private sector was still under discussion. “The change will facilitate contacts with international markets, especially financial markets,” he added.

Earlier this year a leading lawyer in the country told Arabian Business that he expected the switch to happen later in 2013.

“I do believe in the very near term we’re going to see Riyadh go to the Friday-Saturday weekend configuration from its current Thursday-Friday,” said Kevin Connor, MENA co-ordinating partner for legal firm Squire Sanders.

“It will probably become effective in January next year, to get people accustomed to it, or maybe in the fall.”

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

Gulf kingdom intensifies crackdown on domestic dissent, raising...

Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

Citizens wonder why oil producer Kuwait is not as dynamic a hub...

4
Saudi dynasty moves to forestall succession crisis

Saudi dynasty moves to forestall succession crisis

Appointment of Prince Muqrin as deputy crown prince is first...

Most Discussed
  • 54
    Three UAE women attacked with hammer at London hotel

    I really feel that Arabian Business.Com should now close this comments page. This should be all about sympathy for the families not what it is/has turned... more

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 1:06 PM - Adrienne
  • 51
    Why Dubai isn't a plastic city

    What is definitely not a plastic city. The Arabs have a culture dating back to several centuries. 50 years back Dubai was just a fishing village. Today... more

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 3:49 PM - P. MADHUSUDAN
  • 48
    DMCC boss Ahmed Bin Sulayem entertains Robert Mugabe in Dubai

    @fga ''However today, simply because he decided to dispossess a few white farmers of their land and redistribute to the poorer indigenous blacks'' more

    Sunday, 13 April 2014 3:02 PM - Matt Williams