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Saudi Arabian Weekend Change Progresses

Source: Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013


Following the recent change of Omani weekends to Friday/Saturday, Saudi Arabia's legislative and consultative Shoura Council has approved, by a vote of 83 to 41, Saudi Arabia switching its weekend to Friday-Saturday from its current Thursday-Friday.

A year ago (2012-04-01), Saudi authorities had announced that a government committee would soon release a report on the possible benefits of changing the weekend in Saudi Arabia from the current Thursday/Friday to Fridays/Saturday.

That was not the first time that the subject of moving the Saudi weekend from Thursday/Friday to Fridays/Saturdays came up (2009-04-07 and 2007-09-02). However, until today the consultative Shura Council had always blocked the change.

If a change in the Saudi weekend were to occur, past weekend changes in neighboring GCC countries (2013-04-06, 2006-05-31 and 2006-08-02) would indicate that it could occur around the summer.

Note that no specific date has yet been announced for the Saudi weekend change. Following the recommendation by the Shura Council, the civil service ministry has yet to conduct a 6 month study on the issue in coordination with the relevant parties to assess its advantages and disadvantages. It will then need to be voted on and submitted to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques who will sign the draft into law if he approves it. The whole process might last one year.


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