Bad news if you'd made plans for Sunday or Monday, the public holiday pencilled in to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has been changed to Saturday.
The changes have been made to bring the private sector holiday in line with public sector workers, according to Saqr Gobash, Minister of Labour. "We did not want to cause an interruption between the public and private sectors so we decided to change the holiday by connecting the weekend with the holiday," Gobash said.
"Giving the holiday on Sunday would have caused another interruption in the holiday." Although the labour law specifies that the Prophet's birthday be observed as an official holiday, it does not specify on which day it should be held, Gobash said.