Private sector staff push for 2-day break

Private sector staff push for 2-day break
Updated 30 June 2013

Private sector staff push for 2-day break

Private sector staff push for 2-day break

Private sector employees are calling on their companies to reach a resolution on a two-day weekend in line with the government sector.
Hattab Al-Enizi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Labor, said the private sector would still have a one-day weekend. “The decision to extend this to a two-day weekend is still under consideration,” he said.
Saudi residents appear to have enjoyed the new Friday-Saturday weekend, although it may take some of them time to adjust their “biological clocks.” For some citizens, it gave them more leeway to visit their families in other parts of the Kingdom.
Sultanah Al-Mujarrashi, a public relations worker, said that her company had already adopted the new weekend schedul.
“It gave me more time to finish some family and private commitments, and spend more time with friends and neighbors.”
The new weekend change has seen a flurry of wisecracks and jokes on social networking websites. There were even poems written on the matter. On Twitter, most of the tweets described Saturday as a boring day.
Saudi students abroad spoke to their families on Skype. Mohammad Al-Sufiani, an English language student in Malaysia, spoke to his working parents for the first time on Saturday. “It’s very good that they changed it. We now have more time to speak with our families,” Al-Sufiani said.