Reuters news agency reports that Saudi Arabia will official change its weekend from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday, bringing it into accord with the other Gulf States. According to the report, based on an announcement from the Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah has signed the order which will take effect ‘this weekend’, presumably June 28-29. Apparently, arguments supposedly based on religious principle have been overridden. Those arguments never made sense in the first place as Saudi Arabia didn’t even recognize weekends until the 1950s.
DUBAI, June 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Sunday said it was switching its official weekend to Friday and Saturday, bringing the kingdom’s working week in line with other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.
Saudi Arabia, the biggest Arab economy, had been the only Gulf Arab state to have a Thursday-Friday weekend after Oman shifted to a Friday-Saturday weekend last month.
A statement on national Saudi news agency SPA said the change, decreed by King Abdullah, will take effect as of this weekend, “for the sake of putting an end to the negative effects and the lost economic opportunities consistently associated with variation based on work days between local departments, ministries and institutions and the regional and international counterparts.”