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Saudi Arabia mulling three-day weekend

Agencies | Riyadh

The Daily Tribune –  

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development is considering extending the weekend to three days, according to the local daily Al Madina.

In response to a Twitter request, the ministry indicated that it is actively evaluating the labour system and amending legislation in order to enhance job creation and make the market more appealing to both foreign and local investors.

The UAE was the first GCC country to forsake its two-day weekend system.

The UAE Government implemented a new four-and-a-half-day working week on January 1, 2022, with Monday through Thursday workdays beginning at 7.30am and finishing at 3.30pm, and Friday workdays commencing at 7.30am and ending at 12 noon.

Meanwhile, Oman is rumoured to be thinking about a three-day weekend.

According to a Ministry of Labour official, the decision on this matter is under the competence of the Council of Ministers, and there is no opposition to analyzing and discussing this idea.