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Kuwait's government shifts country's weekend to Friday and Saturday

Kuwait's government decided to change the country's weekend to Friday and Saturday instead of Thursday and Friday.

Faisal al-Hajji, minister of state for Cabinet affairs, told the Kuwait News Agency the change, to begin Sept. 1, would solve many economic problems caused by the difference in weekends between this small oil-rich state and the rest of the world.

Friday is the Muslim day for prayer and has to be included in the weekend.

Banks and the state-owned oil sector already take Friday and Saturday off, but the decision will now also apply to schools, government offices and private companies.