Saudi officially changes weekend to Fri-Sat

King issues royal decree officially changing kingdom's weekend from Thurs-Fri

Saudi Arabia has officially changed its weekend to Friday-Saturday from its current Thursday-Friday, following a royal decree issued by the country's ruler King Abdullah.

According to the decree, the change will come into effect on June 29. The move will bring the Gulf's most populous country and world's largest oil exporter in line with the rest of the GCC countries, which currently operate on a Sunday to Thursday working week. Oman was the most recent to make the switch, changing to the new weekend on May 1 this year.

A video of the official announcement can be seen here.

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Posted by: abdul hafeez Sheikh

Great step of Great Nation and great leaders Accept my congratulations .

Posted by: leo50

elf mabruk. Or in other words; better late than never!

Posted by: Shafiqur Rahman

This is really good news, Thanks to the government,
is it for private sector too? If not, then our humble request to the government kindly decree for private sector too.

Shafiqur Rahman

Posted by: abdullah

is this for all national and private companies or only for government employees?

Posted by: Imran

Seem like it was effective upto Government Departments ONLY ..

Posted by: Karam AL-Hashmi

It is a blessed move, which shall benefit the private business sector at large as well as the government financial strategies,because most of the world is having their weekend on Saturday/Sunday,at least we in the middle east must have our weekend on Friday for our mass prayers and Saturday to cope up with the world's business acitivities!.

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