Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Living for the Weekend

احتدم النقاش قبل أيام حول عطلة نهاية الأسبوع هذه الأيام بين الواقعيين المؤيدين لعطلة الجمعة والسبت تماشياً مع بقية العالم المتحضر، وأعداء التقدم والتغيير الذين يريدون إبقاء العطلة كما هي، لأنهم لا يريدون الإعتياد على أسلوب حياة جديد.... ما مليتوا؟

وطبعاً كان لابد أن تحشر القوى الأصولية أنفها في الموضوع لتعلن أن عطلة السبت فيها تشبه بعطلة اليهود، مع أني لا أذكر أنهم اعترضوا على عطلة السبت عندما أقرها القطاع المصرفي والنفطي وغيرهما

لكن يبدو أن الحكومة ارتعبت من عيون الإسلاميين الحمراء وتراجعت عن الموضوع بسرعة الجبان الهارب، واعتقدت شخصياً أن الأمر سوف يحسم كالعادة بفتوى بدلاً من تحكيم العقل الذي أنعمنا الله به... لكن لا فتوى ولا هم يحزنون، طمطموا على الموضوع إلى إشعار آخر

عندما كنت أعمل في القطاع المصرفي كنت أكره عطلة السبت لأن غالبية الأصدقاء كانوا يعطلون يوم الخميس ولم أكن على استعداد لقضاء الويك إند مع زملاء العمل الذين أراهم كل يوم... لكني الآن، رغم استمتاعي بعطلة الخميس، أشعر بانقطاع عن العالم لذلك أعتقد أن على جميع قطاعات الدولة بما فيها المدارس أن تعطل يومي الجمعة والسبت، ويجب أن ينظر للموضوع من ناحية عملية بحتة وإبعاد المزايدات الدينية عنه

بالمناسبة... هل ناقشنا هذا الموضوع من قبل؟ تصدقون ما أذكر ومالي خلق أدور بالأرشيف، بس ما دام انكم وصلتوا إلى هني شاركوا بهذا الاستبيان


The weekend debate raged a few days ago, between pragmatic supporters of the Friday-Saturday option who want to stay connected with the real world, or at least the region.. and the anti-change, anti-progress crowd who want to keep the Thursday-Friday weekend as it is for fear of disrupting their routine.... Aren't you bored?

And of course, the religious crowd had to weigh in with their declaration that a Saturday weekend is too similar to the Jewish sabbath, although I didn't hear anyone complain when the banking and oil sectors took Saturday off...

Anyway, it seems our government withered under the Islamists' stern glare, and backed off the issue scurrying away like a coward. I personally thought the issue would be resolved, as usual, with a fatwa instead of using common sense... but I guess not. It's been shelved until further notice.

When I used to have Saturdays off, I hated them because most of my friends were off on Thursday and I would be bored on Saturday with no intention of spending the weekend with the same people I see at work everyday. I enjoy my Thursdays off now, but I also feel disconnected from the rest of the world, so now I feel that the whole country, including schools, should be off on Friday and Saturday. Just think of the practicalities and keep religion out of it!

By the way, did we have this debate here before? To be honest, I really can't remember and I'm too lazy to look through the archives but if you've read this far, you might as well take this poll while you're here.

22 comments:

  1. من الناحية العملية، السبت يوم ضايع ما نقدر نمشي فيه أشغالنا ولا تلفوتنا مع بقية خلق ربنا

    من الناحية الترفيهية، سفرات نهاية الاسبوع وطلعات البحر في الصيف تتلخبط

    من الناحية الدينية، شكو..؟

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  2. i like it the way it is ! maybe becoz am used to it ?!

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  3. I don't give a rat's ass either way. I work on international time, depending on the market. Having said that, I just love to see Waleedo huffing and puffing :)

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  4. .. until he blows the house down!

    Shurouq... Shako indeed, but tell that to the loony tune fundies

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  5. I like Saturdays off bcz it gives some ppl a chance to finish some official work without taking time off from work. Also, bcz i like saturday mornings, its nice and quiet everywhere!

    Btw, 7ilwa 7arakat il translation :) very well done good job! Im assuming u started with Arabic first, right?

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  6. My weekend is Friday & Saturday.. But I enjoy the current system. Can finish up some personal business on Saturdays.

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  7. Q... actually I did the whole thing in English first, then decided chinna yabeela Arabic.. so I put both of them عن الحسافة

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  8. waw i cant get over how well you write in both arabic and english, as a translator im impressed! after the baby i hardly translate anything I think I lost It hehehe.
    my husband and i have been thinking about translating some articles about breastfeeding and child care and publish them online, i have been putting it off for months, BUT NOW IM INSPIRED

    btw, I will go for the Saturday off idea just to piss "them

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  9. One thing for sure some Kuwaities are afraid of change and the other some are afraid to break their routines.
    Well for me it does matters because it will make my whole family and friends meet in a one weekend instead of us just meeting for Friday because our different work schedules. Every family will be united for a whole weekend instead for a ONE day.

    Well people, think of it as in making families more united instead scattered. Isn't YOUR Family worth it??
    And Thats is the bottom line.

    So hora for Friday- Saturday weekend.

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  10. hussa-g.. couldn't have said it better. Thank you!

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  11. current system is better, ppl who work in the financial sector can do their stuff at wezarat on sat.

    also u can enjoy thursday after work..
    i used to work in a bank and go thursday evning to chalet + enjoying fri sat weekend.

    well good luck all , for me my only weekend is friday:(

    and please turn off ur word verification

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  12. btw, my comment and we love kuwait's comments are similar bcz we both did translating I guess!

    In my last job I used to translate ALOT of stuff, so thats why I was impressed with it! Good job again :)

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  13. ma6goog... believe me I HATE the word verification, but it's supposed to stop SPAM comments

    Q.. thank you. This was easy, try translating technical brochures!

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  14. I think big bro should leave it open and based on organizational interests ... for example here in LaLa land, my wife works Thrs/Fri and I have a Fri/Sat weekend..

    I think its great because its a fairly longer weekend as it starts on Wednesdays and ends on Saturday.

    Also, the good thing about this mixed system - which i highly doubt was planned - is that since not everybody has the same time off, weekend traffic is fairly better than it is during weekdays.

    On Sat I get to run errands - pay bills, gov work ..etc with out having to sneak out of my office.

    Also, hang-out joints are not always overpacked... again because not everyone has the same weekend.

    BTW Zaydoun - don't you wanna play? ;)

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  15. مجلس الوزراء يرفض عطلة الجمعة والسبت
    إي ليش ترى الجمعة والسبت وايد أحسن من الخميس والجمعة، على الأقل نعطل مع باقي الاوادم حول العالم
    وتصير عطلتنا مع عطلة البنوك والشركات الخاصة

    that was my post on Dec 12 ... so i guess it would be my comment here. & you're totally right, back then when i used to work in a bank i hated the saturday off for the same reason you mensioned, & now i'm having the same problem coz my hubby works in a bank, so we have 1 day off together only which sucks.

    سوري طولت

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  16. fuck keifan and waleed tabtabaei

    KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - A Kuwaiti Islamist lawmaker slammed the government for providing Christians with two plots of land to build churches, saying this was against Islamic law.
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    "The recent measure of allowing non-Muslims to build places of worship in Kuwait is illegal under Islamic law," Waleed al-Tabtabai said in a statement after the government provided the land.

    Tabtabai, a member of the hardline Sunni Salafist group, said non-Muslims must be allowed to practice their religious rituals but without the need to establish places of worship.

    He said Kuwait at present has about 20 churches and the number of Kuwaiti Christians is less than 100, "which means there is a church for every five Kuwaiti Christians."

    Church sources told AFP on Wednesday that the Gulf Arab state has eight churches, four of which have their own permanent buildings and the rest are in rented homes.

    According to the sources, there are between 150 and 200 Kuwaiti Christians and up to 350,000 foreign Christians mostly from India, the Philippines, Egypt, Lebanon and the West.

    The government has recently allotted Christians two large pieces of state land to build churches, a measure that was welcomed by the head of parliament's human rights committee, MP Ali al-Rashed.

    Kuwait was the first Gulf Arab state to establish direct links with
    Vatican City and Emmanuel Benjamen al-Ghareeb became the first Kuwaiti pastor of the Anglican church in 1999.

    Other Gulf states like Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have churches, while Qatar announced in October that it will donate land to build the gas-rich emirate's first church.

    Churches are banned in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia.

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  17. hwkw... this story needs it own post. Thanks

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  18. اللي مايبي السبت عطلة بدل الخميس عشان يخلص أشغاله، اذكرك ب "تعال باجر" معناتها تعال الاسبوع القادم.

    الطلعة من الدوام حق مكتسب للموظف لتخليص ضروريات الحياة.

    العطلة للراحة مو لتخليص الشغل. نحاسة رؤساؤك وكثرة اختلاطك مع العمالة الوافدة اللي ماتسوي شيء الا الدوام وتحويل الفلوس برة (ياحبهم حق البوفيهات ببلاش)، قاعدة تسبب ارهاقك وقد تؤدي الى قتلك بالسكتة او اي مرض مرهق. وقصوا عليك "خلص اشغالك السبت"

    قول الصج تبي تجابل البورصة؟؟ افتح موقعها وخلك على التلفون مع مصادرك.

    لنوحد الايام حتى يتم الوئام، او في حالة الكويتيين تزيد النجرة.

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  19. Mr.Moody,

    I am with you on that.

    لنوحد الايام حتى يتم الوئام، او في حالة الكويتيين تزيد النجرة.=======>>> LOL

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  20. سبقتني... أتحدى أي واحد يقدر ينهي معاملة يوم السبت بدون ما يضطر يرجع السبت اللي وراه

    وشدعوه 52 معاملة بالسنة؟؟

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  21. I only speak for our little monsters who would prefer NOT having their weekly days off, back to back.
    Although not feasible for most school administrators, I can see nothing wrong with closing schools and colleges on Fridays and Mondays.
    Myself, I quite enjoy working 5 days a week with Thursday and Friday off - makes it that much more unique.

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  22. أشكر الأخ زيدون على إتاحة الفرصة للتعليق على هذه الأمور

    باعتقادي أن عطلة السبت تصلح للبنوك والمؤسسات المالية التي لها ارتباط بالمؤسسات الخارجية فقط، وهذه الفئة ربما تمثل 10-15% من الموظفين في الكويت

    فهل هناك داعي لتعطيل وزارة الشئون مثلا يوم السبت، ربما حتى تتواصل مع وزارات الشئون حول العالم، أو المدارس أو المعاهد التي ليس لها اتصال خارجي

    وهل نغير نظام عمل 85% من الناس حتى يتوافق مع 15% منهم

    فكرة أخرى أنه بدل أن نؤيد عطلة السبت لمجرد إغاظة المخالفين لنا، دعونا نؤيد بناء على اقتناع بالفكرة

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