Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced changes to the business hours of all its services in Dubai during the New Hijri Year holiday on Thursday, September 21, 2017 which is also a paid public holiday for both the public and private sectors in the UAE.
RTA service outlets include customers’ happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, marine transit modes, driving schools and vehicle testing and registration centres.
Customers’ happiness centres and paid parking zones
Moaza Al Marri, Director of the RTA’s Marketing and Corporate Communication, said: ‘All customers’ happiness centres will remain closed during the New Hijri Year holiday. All paid parking zones will be free across the emirate on Thursday, except multi-level parking lots. Parking fees will be reactivated on Saturday, September 23.
Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram
“During the holiday on Thursday, Red Line stations of Dubai Metro will operate from 05:30am to 1:00am on the following day. Green Line stations will operate from 05:50am to 1:00am on the following day. The Express Metro service will also be available during the holiday. Dubai Tram will be in service during the holiday from 06:30am to 01:00am on the following day.”
“The timing of public buses (Dubai Bus) at various stations on Thursday will be as follows: Main bus stations such as Gold Souk will operate from 05:00am to 1:00am on the following day. Al Ghubaiba bus station will be in service from 05:00am to 12:10am (past midnight). Sub-stations such as Satwa will start from 05:00am to 11:35pm, except for Route C01, which operates, around-the-clock. Al Qusais bus station will run service from 04:30am to 12:00am (midnight); Al Quoz Industrial bus station will be in operation from 05:00am to 11:30pm, while Jebel Ali bus station will start business from 05:00am and continue up to 12:00am (midnight).
Metro link buses
“Metro link bus stations at Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail, and Etisalat will be in service from 05:00am to 12:20am (past midnight). All metro feeder routes are synchronised with the metro timetables.
“Inter-city bus service will be operating as follows: Main stations such as Al Ghubaiba will operate around the clock to Sharjah (Jubail), and Abu Dhabi service will be running from 04:20am up to 1:00am on the following day. Substations such as Union Square will be in service from 04:30am up to 01:25am on the following day). Al Sabkha station will be operating from 06:15am until 01:30am on the following day, and Deira City Centre station from 05:35am until 11:30pm. Karama station will start operation from 06:10am to 10:20pm and Al Ahli Club station from 05:55am to 10:15pm.
“External stations such as Sharjah’s Al Taawun will run from 05:30am until 10:00pm, Fujairah station will operate from 05:23am until 09:30pm. Ajman station will be in operation from 04:27 am until 11:00pm and Hatta station will be in operation from 05:30am until 09:30pm.
“The timing of marine transit services will be as follows: The Water Bus will run at Marina stations (Marina Mall, Marina Walk, Marina Terrace, Marina Promenade) from 12:00pm (midday) up to 12:00am (midnight). Dubai Ferry will be calling at Ghubaiba and Marina stations at 11:00am, 01:00pm, 03:00pm, 05:00pm and 06:30pm. The ferry will operate from Al Jaddaf station to Dubai Water Canal station at 10:00am, 12:00pm (midday), and 05:30pm, and from Dubai Water Canal station to Al Jaddaf station at 12:05pm (noon), 2:05pm and 07:35pm. The Water Taxi will operate from 09:00am until 10:00pm.
“Traditional abra will operate in Dubai Creek stations (Ghubaiba, Al Sabkha, Baniyas, and Dubai Old Souk), from 12:00pm (midday) until 12:00am (midnight), and at Sheikh Zayed station it will operate from 4:00pm until 11:30pm.
“All centres affiliated to RTA service providers will be closed on Thursday,” added Al Marri.