Source: Oman News Agency (Muscat)
Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said has issued a royal directive declaring that, Thursday, May 2, 2013, would be a one-off non-working public holiday in Oman to facilitate the recently-announced change in Oman weekends from the full Islamic weekend to the semi-universal weekend.
Earlier this month (06-Apr-2013), Oman's Sultan had issued a royal decree directing that, beginning on May 1st, 2013, Oman would have Friday-Saturday as the weekend for both the public as well as the private sector.
This leaves only Saudi Arabia (01-Apr-2012) as a member of the GCC that still observes a Thursday-Friday weekend, as most other Muslim countries have shifted to the semi-universal weekend over the past decade (01-Feb-2012, 25-Nov-2010, 17-Feb-2009, 04-Aug-2007), though some have backtracked somewhat (08-Mar-2005 and 13-Dec-2007).
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