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Saudi Abandons Islamic Calendar for Government Pay

Saudi government workers will be paid according to the Gregorian calendar instead of the Islamic Hijri calendar, making the working month longer as part of cost-cutting measures, newspapers reported Monday.

A Saudi family walks past flowers displayed during the Flowers' Festival in Riyadh on April 9, 2008. AFP PHOTO/HASSAN AMMAR (Photo credit should read HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images)