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Dubai: The Metro service hours during the holy month of Ramadan will start from 6am and continue until 1am during weekdays, and from 2pm to 1am on Fridays, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of RTA, also announced a revision in the working hours of paid parking zones during Ramadan, where the morning session will remain as it is (from 8am to 1 pm), and the evening session will start from 7pm to midnight.
Al Tayer also announced that RTA was keen on delivering top class services to Dubai Metro users.
“Fixing the metro service time during the holy month of Ramadan came in response to an opinion poll of the public and metro riders about the operational timing. It also came in response to a comprehensive study of mobility movement in the emirate during Ramadan and the working hours in the public and private sector organisations. The decision also takes into consideration the movement of people which soars after Iftar and Taraweeh prayers and continues late at night,” he said.
Statistics reveal that the number of Metro users jumped from 2,373,451 passengers last April to 3,193,087 passengers in May. In June, the number of Metro users reached 3,262,912 passengers.
Paid parking zones during Ramadan
Al Tayer said that parking timing during Ramadan evenings will start from 7pm and end at midnight.
He said that the change was done “ensure the availability of parking space for the public during and after Iftar, streamline traffic movement in all areas of the emirate… and ensure the availability of parking space during the business peak hours of Ramadan.”