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Oman to shift weekend to Friday start

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MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Oman will switch to a Friday-Saturday weekend to align its banking and business days with most other nations in the region. Currently, Oman and neighboring Saudi Arabia follow a Thursday-Friday weekend. But other countries in the Gulf start their two-day weekends on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. The decree by Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, also ordered...