WOW! I thought this was a joke or wrong information when I first heard it on Twitter, but it seems that this is for real. After 7 years of living in Oman, just when I was used to weekends on Thursday and Friday, they have announced a sudden change (starting May 1st) of weekends to be on Friday and Saturday. This is part of the “work in progress” that I can totally understand. His Majesty is trying to solve the major dilemna of everyone wanting to have government jobs. It’s been difficult to convince folks to take private jobs (which Oman needs!) when those with government jobs always get more days off for holidays and work on different days than other folks. It may seem annoying for people now, but it’s probably the wisest choice in the long run. It may take some time for us to get used to the expression, “TGIT – THANK GOD IT’S THURSDAY!” 🙂
For those who love travelling up to Dubai, this will obviously be good news to match the weekend up there. On a similar note, the UAE and Canada have finally ended a 27 month diplomatic war which made it extremely expensive for Canadians to visit the UAE. I guess this Canadian boy should start thinking about making a few weekend trips up north!
How does everyone feel about this sudden change? I’m sure the private sector folks are pretty happy!