The royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, switching weekend to Fridays and Saturdays, has been widely welcomed by senior officials businessmen, academics and ordinary citizens.
The Council of Ministers, which met here yesterday, said the switchover would help the Kingdom make significant gains, especially in the economic sector. “The decree augurs well for the Kingdom’s economic position and will help it fulfill its international and regional obligations,” said Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja.The 150-member Shoura Council also backed the decision saying it would protect the Kingdom’s economic and business interests.
The Justice Ministry, meanwhile, instructed courts to shift hearing sessions set for next Saturday to Thursday (July 4), which has become an official working day as per the new decree. Abdullah Al-Mubti, president of the Council of Saudi Chambers, said the decision would have a positive impact on the performance of businesses. – ArabNews