Saudi Arabia reviewing 3-Day Weekend system

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia is reviewing the plans to make the weekend three days long, Gulf News reported on Sunday.

In response to a question on Twitter, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said that it is evaluating the labor system in order to boost job creation and improve the market’s appeal to both domestic and foreign investors.

The two-day weekend schedule was first introduced in the GCC by UAE. The UAE Government has chosen a new four-and-a-half-day workweek that went into effect from January 1, 2022. Monday to Thursday workdays starts at 7:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm, and Friday workdays would then run from 7:30 am to 12 noon.

Oman is reportedly thinking about having a three-day weekend as well. The Council of Ministers has the authority to decide on this matter, according to a Ministry of Labor representative, and there is no opposition to studying this proposal and putting it up for discussion.