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Saudi Arabia will observe 'weekend' on Friday-Saturday (Correction)

CWN - June 25, 2013

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that the country’s official institutions will observe the “weekend” on Fridays and Saturdays, bringing the Islamic nation in line with many of the world’s nations.

The Saudi government decree, which goes into effect this weekend, ends years of closing businesses and government offices on Thursday and Friday. The government said that the change was in “the public interest” because it allows Saudi businesses to match their work schedules with those of other countries.

The new weekend schedule for the Islamic nation allows for a day of rest on Friday, when Muslims observe the Sabbath, and adds another weekend day on Saturday, when most other nations are taking a day off.

Editor's note An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the Saudi weekend would be on Saturday and Sunday. The original headline in the linked ANSA report made the same error. The Saudi decree preserves the observance of the Muslim Sabbath.

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