I have been researching this (online) for a while with no success. I know for sure that the weekend in Jordan was changed from Thursday/Friday to Friday/Saturday. But I was not able to find any reference on when this change was made. There is one website that seems to indicate that the change occurred in early 2000, but not clearly.

The question is: are there any references at all that indicates when this change took place?


Associated Press International
Saturday, December 25, 1999

"Jordan shifts weekend to Friday-Saturday"

AMMAN, Jordan

Jordan said Saturday it will change the weekend for government offices to Fridays and Saturdays instead of Thursdays and Fridays, putting it more in step with world business.

State-owned Petra news agency said the change goes into effect starting the week of Saturday, Jan. 8.

It was not immediately clear if the government decision also applied to schools and universities.

The government had on Oct. 7 switched from a Friday-only weekend to Thursday-Friday. Friday is the Muslim Sabbath.

Economists had argued that that complicated commercial activity, because banks and the diplomatic corps had already taken Saturday as a holiday.

Businessmen said the Thursday-Friday weekend isolated the country from the Western world, where the weekend is normally Saturday and Sunday.

Financial institutions and many private businesses had introduced a Friday-Saturday weekend starting last March.

The other day weekend in Jordan is Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.

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  • Can you provide a link? – jak123 Oct 26 '15 at 18:46
  • @jak123 There is no link. API news archives are only available to professional subscribers and accredited journalists. If you go to a large library they have access to a news service that will include API historical filings. If you have access to Agence France archives (also available only to libraries and professionals), you can finding a similar news release dated December 12, 1999. – Tyler Durden Oct 26 '15 at 18:50
  • What about a screenshot? – jak123 Oct 26 '15 at 18:52
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    @jak123 I added a screen shot. – Tyler Durden Oct 26 '15 at 18:55
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    Very well done! – CGCampbell Oct 26 '15 at 19:22

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