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Weekend Getaway

September 1, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

On a perfect weekend, I’d be sleeping all day long and chilling outside all night long…but that’s not the way here where I live. Whereas most of the world has Saturday and Sunday as the official weekend, we, like many other countries, call Thursday and Friday our weekend. 

That’s not where I have my issue though; it’s the fact that half of Thursday is spent working and trying to finish up projects on their set deadlines, only to end up too worn out to do anything in the evening. And if going out on a certain Thursday night is inevitable, Friday would be used up basking around the house too tired to do anything other than have lunch with the family and watch TV. 

That wouldn’t be the case if the weekend was moved from beginning on Thursday to commence on Friday; like a couple of Gulf states have. Qatar has had this system for quite some time now and Bahrain has just put it into practice on the first of September. If this was the case, we would still have our holy Friday and a much needed day to unwind from the week’s hard work on Saturday; giving us ample time to do much more than we could possibly do with the current weekend scheme. 

I, like many more, can finally enjoy two full days off from any duties. I can eventually finish up some old artwork that’s been calling me for ages now. I can finally have enough time for a quick weekend getaway with the family or by myself; the beach is a couple of minutes from our house and it’s been a while since we’ve had time or energy to go there. I would be able to visit family and friends I haven’t seen in a long time largely due to the hectic work schedules we face here. 

The last time I’ve enjoyed a good two days of holiday were during Eid and the few weeks I’d had off from university. I know this is a far-fetched proposal and that this little idea has a one in a gazillion chance of reaching the Saudi lawmakers, but it’s always nice to imagine how things would be if slight changes were made to make everyone blissful. Who knows…it might already be on their discussion table. But I don’t think I’ll get to enjoy such a weekend here in my lifetime while still in KSA. All I can say is, I’m grateful for the sole Friday we have…at least no one can take that away.

Enjoy your weekends everyone…

Categories: KSA, Life, Opinion
  1. Yousef
    September 1, 2006 at 11:35 AM

    Doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon. its exciting to imagine though.

  2. Omar
    September 1, 2006 at 1:41 PM

    Man that would be sweet as hell. i can take a full two day break but it dont look like it will happen any time soon. i gotta move to bahrain or qatar

  3. Areej
    September 1, 2006 at 11:57 AM

    in some countries there is only one weekend day like in sudan and other african countreis. it would be nice to have that kind of weekend to relax and get away from work. keep on dreaming sam

  4. AJ
    September 1, 2006 at 5:08 PM

    it would be a great change for once but it doesnt look possible. u know how ppl there dont like changes.

  5. Mark
    September 1, 2006 at 6:23 PM

    The good thing about having a saturday and sunday is that both days are fully off where i am. a change like that would affect businesses and economies so i guess no one will bring it up any time soon.

  6. May
    September 1, 2006 at 8:02 PM

    Saudi arabia having a friday and saturday weekend? thats impossible! i cant imagine how life would be there with such a change. dont bet on it sam

  7. diabz
    September 2, 2006 at 2:37 AM

    saudi gives 3 months of summer holidays…thats the only reason my school life here was better than london!

  8. mohd qassim
    September 2, 2006 at 10:35 AM

    uae had started giving fri. nd sat. off from this month.i dont think it would make any difference,nd i prefer thur.frid off,i hope sudan starts some thing like that soon but critics say that sudan is so behind in every aspect of life and if they give 2 days off then this will leed to more wastge of time

  9. September 3, 2006 at 9:58 AM

    it’ll be different to have friday & saturdays off now, but it’s a welcomed change. altho, i think shopping and such will be more difficult now because the whole country has these two days off, whereas we had such freedom on thurs. because a lot of businesses were open that day.

  10. Sam
    September 3, 2006 at 2:13 PM

    Yousef: Sure is exciting to think of it…don’t raise your hopes though.

    Areej: Don’t remind me about that one day weekend thing…it was a living hell I tell ya. I even felt like dropping out of college because of the pressure.

    Omar: Moving is aight…try Kuwait as well. They also shifted their weekend to Fri-Sat and the new system commences on October.

    AJ: I know, that’s the sad thing about it.

    Mark: You’re damn right…a tooners said it’s already affecting people’s shopping…and other businesses as well. Businesses that had half of Thursday to operate will now be losing out because they’ll give up half a day’s business potential.

    May: Just what we were thinking…tres impossible.

    diabz: I know…this 3 month summer holiday is a blessing we take for granted. While I was abroad for university, all I had was a TWO week summer break…

    mohd qassim: Man, Sudan will never budge from their Friday weekend…I can’t believe even KG and elementary kids suffer this inhumane 6-day school/work week.

    tooners: You’re lucky you guys have the new scheme already…although I never thought about the shopping part. Mainly it’s because I never shop…but it’ll sure affect millions who live busy weekly lives with hectic schedules and only had Thursday to go out and do their shopping. Hopefully they’ll sort something out…because businesses are losing out on half a day’s profits as well.

  11. Reem
    September 4, 2006 at 12:16 AM

    sam its a bad idea and will make shopping more difficult for us ladies.

  12. September 8, 2006 at 7:06 PM

    I think GCC has atleast seen the need to adjust it’s weekend to the international standards..

    Atleast, we are starting it UAE…and am glad

  13. Sam
    September 13, 2006 at 11:27 PM

    Reem: It’s a great idea…although businesses will surely be affected. And as for shopping…come on…since when did you let a lil weekend change hamr your shopping sprees?

    Ibraheem’s: I know…now we in KSA are left behind.

  14. August 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    excellent writing .

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