It’s Thursday but it feels like a Friday, or rather what I mean to say is, it feels like the start of the weekend. That’s because in Dubai, Thursday IS the start of their Friday/Saturday weekend. It took a long time, many years, to adjust to Sunday being the start of the working week and I never did figure out whether mid-week was Tuesday or Wednesday.
To make matters worse, when we first moved to Dubai in 2000, the official, government weekend was Thursday/ Friday, which meant the schools were closed on those days. However many companies, including the one where my husband worked, took a Friday/Saturday weekend so as not to be out of touch with the rest of the world for too long. Confused yet? I sure was. It was tough for families because it meant the weekend really lasted three days, but yet we only had one day all together.
Fortunately the government eventually changed their weekend so everyone was on the same schedule, but it still took me a long time to adjust. Even now in the Middle East there are many people who work a 6 day week, or even a 6 ½ day week, taking only Friday morning as time off for religious obligations. The idea of a weekend is still a relatively new concept.
I did finally felt comfortable with the Islamic week but now I’m back in Canada it’s taking me a long time to adjust back. So, for now, TGIT ! 🙂