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Omani Public Holiday May 2nd

Source: Oman News Agency (Muscat)
Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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 (2013-04-06), 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 (2012-04-01) 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 (2012-02-01, 2010-11-25, 2009-02-17, 2007-08-04), though some have backtracked somewhat (2005-03-08 and 2007-12-13).

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