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A royal decree issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, has once again declared Sunday, September 22, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Saudi Arabia to link the recently-changed Friday-Satuday weekend with the annual National Day public holiday on Monday, September 23, 2013.
As was the case last year (2012-09-16), under similar circumstances, the aforementioned announcement goes on to specify that the Sunday, September 22, 2013, one-off non-working public holiday is limited to Saudi Arabia's students and public sector employees.
As per the aforementioned decree, "As this year's National Day falls on the second day of working days, Sunday has been declared a holiday for students of all academic levels as well as government employees". Recall that Saudi Arabia's legislative and consultative Shoura Council recently approved (2013-04-22) Saudi Arabia switching its weekend to Friday-Saturday from the previous Thursday-Friday.
In past years, the September 23, National Day, public holiday has often been the source of last minute announcements and tinkering (2012-09-16, 2011-09-14, 2007-09-18 and 2006-09-19).
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