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Saudi Arabia has dropped the Islamic lunar calendar and adopted the Gregorian calendar system for paying civil servants as part of an austerity measures regime. The kingdom adopted the calendar changes on Sunday, in a move which results in the loss of 11 salary days for government employees. The lunar calendar system was adopted by the Saudis when the country was founded in 1932, and is made up of 12 months of 29 or 30 days based on the sighting of the moon. Its year consists of 354 days, which is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian or “Western” calendar.
The kingdom is facing a budget deficit of nearly $100 billion caused by a sharp slump in oil prices as well as Riyadh’s rising army expenditure, a large amount of which is being funneled into a military campaign against Yemen, where at least 10,000 people have been killed and thousands more injured.
The decision to switch from the lunar-based Hijri calendar will take effect from October 1 and will bring the public sector in line with how private sector employees are paid.
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
If the lunar calendar is 354 days, how is switching from it to the Gregorian calendar a loss of 11 days?
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: enlightenedservant
Thanks for the added information. I mentioned it was about austerity. I was just teasing at the whole Democratization thing, but I feel like its closer to reality than fiction in the next two decades.