Although it's old news, i just found out the following:
In an attempt to significantly reduce the wait time for a lab appointment, the CCIE team is offering weekend lab exams in Routing and Switching. The following dates and locations are the first to open.
December 22, 2007 Brussels and Dubai
December 23, 2007 Research Triangle Park
December 29, 2007 Brussels and Dubai
December 30, 2007 Research Triangle Park
In 2008 we will be adding new dates and expanding the locations offering weekend labs.
That is surely good news for everyone. I think my next exam (if other besides R&S become available) will be on Sunday, since the Brussels hotel price is lower (almost half) on the weekends.