Monday, 24 June 2013

The weekend in Saudi: all change!

Finally! Saudi has changed from a Thursday/Friday weekend to Friday/Saturday weekend which brings it into line with the rest of the GCC. King Abdullah of Saudi issued the decree following a recommendation by the Kingdom's Shura Council.
Many Western companies have branches in the Kingdom and the fact that the Saudi offices were only open at the same time as Western offices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday could be so frustrating. The change in Saudi comes into effect from next weekend. Oman also changed to the Friday/Saturday weekend recently.
Here in the Gulf, the weekends are reversed to what there is in the West where Saturday is for shopping, going out etc and Sunday is quiet. Here, Friday is quiet (you could fire a cannon down our street on Friday morning and not hit anyone) and Saturday is busy with families in the malls etc.

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