Courtesy of Khaleej Times
The holy month of Ramadan is likely to begin on May 6 in most of the Islamic nations, according to the International Astronomical Centre. Ramadan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
Dubai schools timings
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has announced Ramadan timings for Dubai schools. The school day during Ramadan will start between 8:00 to 8:30am and finish between 1:00 to 1:30pm, with shorter breaks as required. Schools should ensure that the total hours at school per day for students do not exceed five hours. Details
Dubai malls, food courts timings
According to Visit Dubai, major malls will continue to operate throughout Ramadan, with extended late-night operating hours to accommodate those fasting between sunrise and sundown. Malls will remain open until 1am on weekdays and until 2am on weekends. They also reminded mallgoers that some smaller boutiques and small businesses may choose to close during the day and reopen after sunset. Details here
Public transport, parking timings
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced changes to the business hours of all its services during the holy month of Ramadan. RTA services affected by Ramadan timing include customers’ happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro and Tram, marine transit modes, and service-provider centres (technical testing). Details
Parking fee will apply as follows from Saturday to Thursday: From 8am to 6pm, and from 8pm to midnight. At Tecom, the tariff will apply from 8am up to 6pm. In the multi-level parking lots, the fees will be applicable 24/7.
Metro stations on the Red Line will be operating from Saturday to Wednesday from 5am to midnight. On Thursday, from 5am to 1am (of the following day), and on Friday from 10am to 1am (of the following day).
The Metro stations on the Green Line will be operating from Saturday to Wednesday from 5.30am to midnight. On Thursday, from 5.30am to 1am (of the following day), and on Friday from 10am to 1am (of the following day).
Dubai Tram will be operating from Saturday to Thursday from 6am to 1am (of the following day), and on Friday from 9am to 1am (of the following day).
The timing of public buses (Dubai Bus) during Ramadan will be as follows: Main Bus Stations, such as Gold Souq, will operate from 04:25 am to 00:29 am (past midnight). Al Ghubaiba Station will be in service from 04:16 am to 01:01 am (of the following day). Sub-stations, such as Satwa, will start from 05:00 am to 11:00 pm except for Route C01 operating around-the-clock. Al Qusais Station will run bus service from 05:00 am to 11:49 pm and Al Quoz Industrial Station will be in operation from 05:00 am to 11:35 pm. Jebel Ali Station will operate from 05:00 am and continue up to 11:30 pm.
Metro feeder bus stations at Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail, and Etisalat will be in service from 05:00 am to 00:10 am (past midnight). The timing of the feeder bus service will be synchronised with the timing of the metro journeys.
Inter-city bus stations and commercial coaches will be operating as follows: Main stations, such as Al Ghubaiba, will be operating around-the-clock to Sharjah (Jubail), and Abu Dhabi service will be running from 04:40 am up to 00:00 am (past midnight).
Substations, such as the Union Square, will be in service from 04:30 am up to 01:25 am (past midnight). Al Sabkha Station will run from 06:15 am until 01:30 am (past midnight), and Deira City Centre Station will be operating from 05:35 am until 11:30 pm. Karama Station will run bus service from 06:00 am until 10:00 pm and Al Ahli Club Station will open from 05:55 am to 10:15 pm.
External Stations, such as Sharjah’s Al Taawun, will run from 05:30 am until 10:00 pm and Fujairah Station will operate from 05:30 am until 09:30 pm. Ajman Station will open from 05:00 am until 11:00 pm and Hatta Station will be in operation from 06:30 am until 10:30 pm.
The timing of marine transit services during Ramadan will be as follows: The Water Bus will operate at Marina Stations (Marina Mall, Marina Walk, Marina Terrace, Marina Promenade) from 12:00 (at noon) up to 00:00 (midnight). On Friday from 01:00 pm to 01:00 am (of the following day). At the Dubai Water Canal, the Water Bus will operate from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm and from 09:30 pm to 12:30 am (past midnight).
Dubai Ferry will be calling at Ghubaiba and Marina Stations (interchange journeys) at 11:00 am, and 05:30 pm. At Dubai Marina Station it will operate (round journey) at 05:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
Abra timing during Ramadan will be as follows: Traditional Abra will operate in Dubai Creek Stations (Dubai Old Souq to Baniyas), (Ghubaiba to Sabkha), (Sabkha to Fahidi), and (Baniyas to Seef) from Saturday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 00:00 (midnight), and (Ghubaiba, Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq and Al Seef) from 10:00 am until 00:00 (midnight). At the Sheikh Zayed Road, abras will operate from 08:00 pm to 02:00 am (of the following day).
The Electric Abra at Burj Khalifa will operate from 08:00 pm to 11:30 pm and the air-conditioned Abra will operate (at Al Jadaf, Dubai Festival City) from 07:00 am to 00:00 (midnight). On Friday from 12:00 pm to 02:00 am (of the following day). Abra on Sheikh Zayed Road will operate from 08:00 pm to 02:00 am (of the following day). Abra on the Dubai Water Canal will operate from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm and from 08:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Electric Abra at Burj Khalifa Station will operate from 08:00 pm to 11:30 pm, and from Seef to Dubai Festivity City from Saturday to Thursday from 06:00 pm to 00:00 am (midnight). On Friday from 08:00 pm to 02:00 am (of the following day). Air-conditioned Abra will operate between Jadaf, Dubai Festival City from Saturday to Thursday from 07:00 am to 00:00 am (midnight), and on Friday from 09:30 am to 01:00 am (of the following day).