Earlier this summer the UAE announced that the government will switch to a Friday-Saturday weekend in September. Last week Bahrain announced that they too are switching to a Friday-Saturday weekend starting September 1st. Qatar already made the switch since July 2003 (in fact there's talk that Qatar is currently considering a switch a Saturday-Sunday weekend). This leaves Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia the dinosaurs with the Thursday-Friday weekend. Incredibly, Saudi Arabia is apparently in the process of making the change as well. Would Oman follow and make the switch or will we continue to be the odd one out?
Many companies, especially those which deal with countries that have a Saturday-Sunday weekend, refuse to have a two day weekend. If they close on Thu-Fri, they get out of touch with the outside world for four days leaving them just Mon, Tue and Wed to do business. If they go for a Fri-Sat weekend they have one extra day of business with the outside, but one less with the government. It was a lose-lose situation. Hopefully companies that are still operating on a one day or one-and-a-half day weekend would be more encouraged to switch to a two-day Fri-Sat weekend if it means that they would be synchronized with the government.