Oman to shift weekend to Friday start

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) - Oman will switch to a Friday-Saturday weekend to align its banking and business days with most other nations in the region.

Currently, Oman and neighboring Saudi Arabia follow a Thursday-Friday weekend. But other countries in the Gulf start their two-day weekends on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.

The decree by Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, also ordered private companies to give their employees the same number of religious holidays as civil servants in an effort to make non-state jobs more attractive.

Oman has faced sporadic Arab Spring-inspired protests demanding greater employment opportunities.

The new weekend decree, carried Sunday by the official Oman News Agency, will take effect May 1.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Hopeful Sign
    710 ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil says the Seahawks win Sunday adds hope for rest of season

  • Week In Photos
    This week's heart-stopping photos from around the world
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.