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April 22, 2013

Saudi Arabia's new weekend plans

The Kingdom proposes to change its weekend to Friday and Saturday.

Al Jazeera

UPDATE:  23/06/2013 - The official Saudi Press Agency reports that new Friday-Saturday weekend will begin June 29th, 2013.

Saudi Arabian social networks were abuzz Monday after local media reported on a proposed law to change the Thursday-Friday weekend to Friday and Saturday. The proposal comes from the Saudi Shura Council.

Economists and business-minded Saudis alike point to the economic benefits of the modified weekend - an additional day of interaction with Western financial systems. Arabian Business reported that Saudi Arabia loses billions of dollars by choosing not to conduct business on Thursdays.