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Saudi Arabia Weekend Holidays Imbroglio

Source: Zawya (Jeddah)
Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The board of directors of the Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has reversed yesterday's decision to change its weekend to Fridays and Saturdays.

A number of Gulf countries have changed their official weekly holidays to Fridays and Saturdays from Thursdays and Fridays (2006-05-31 and 2006-08-02), but despite repeated calls (2007-09-02), Saudi Arabia has to date not followed suit.

In Saudi Arabia, as in most of the Gulf States, private sector companies do not give their staff more than one weekly day off. Employees in the public sector, however, enjoy a two-day weekend.

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