Except on weekends, most shops across Saudi are not allowed to remain open past midnight. However, that may not be the case for long as shop owners will now be given an option to keep their shops open as long as they want.
The Saudi Gazette reported that this decision was announced on Tuesday by the Saudi Cabinet.
The move was hailed by many on social media.
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However, a fee is expected to be charged to those businesses that will seek to make use of the new 24/7 option.
It is still unclear whether the new regulation will allow shops to remain open during prayer time as is speculated by many on social media.
Think about it, we may soon be able to go to the mall past midnight, have a meal at a restaurant in the wee hours of the morning and workout at the gym before dawn.