As the UAE gears up to celebrate the Islamic New Year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has declared that public parking will be free on Friday, July 21, to mark the occasion. This means that parking fees will be waived in all paid zones, except for multi-level terminals.
In addition to the complimentary parking, the Islamic New Year holiday will grant a three-day weekend for employees across the public and private sectors in the emirates, allowing them to observe the beginning of the Hijiri New Year 1445.
The RTA has also unveiled a series of changes in its services for the duration of the holiday. The amendments apply to various transportation modes and facilities, ensuring a smooth experience for residents and visitors.
During the Islamic New Year celebrations, Customer Happiness Centres and service provider centres, specifically those dedicated to Vehicle Technical Testing, will remain closed on Friday, July 21, and resume regular operations on Saturday, July 22.
While most Customer Happiness Centres will be closed on the holiday, the smart customer happiness centres at Umm Ramool, Al Kafaf, Deira, Al Barsha, and the RTA Head Office will continue to offer their services 24/7 as usual, ensuring uninterrupted assistance to the public.
For those planning to use public transportation on the holiday, the Dubai Metro will operate from 05:00 am to 01:00 am on both the red and green lines. Likewise, the Dubai Tram will be available for commuters from 06:00 am to 01:00 am the following day.
Public buses within Dubai will follow a revised schedule on Friday, July 21, with operations running from 05:00 am to 12:30 am on the subsequent day. The timings of all metro link bus services will be coordinated with the metro timetable for seamless travel experiences.
The marine transport services, including Water Buses, Water Taxis, and Abras, will observe specific operating hours during the holiday. The Dubai ferry will also run on limited schedules for the convenience of passengers.