28 May 2012| Last updated on 11 December 2017
Social hours vary in Oman – some people get up early, some stay up late, and some do both! Some businesses still close for a long afternoon break – this is known as ‘split shift’. Standard split shift hours are from 09:00 until 13:00 and then from 16:00 to 20:00 (for offices) or 22:00 (for some shops). However, most private sector offices will work a straight shift, usually 09:00 to 17:00 or 18:00. The weekend is traditionally Thursday afternoon and Friday (the holy day), but a few organisations close all day Thursday and Friday. Oman is rumoured to change its weekend to Friday and Saturday. For now, the following hours apply:
Banks 8am to noon Saturday to Wednesday and 8am to 11am Thursday.
Business hours during Ramadan