As an expat in the United Arab Emirates, the start of Holy Ramadan is something I should be aware of because the timings of all ventures will be different than the usual. Today, 10th of July 2013, Ramadan has officially started. Thus, the private sectors’ working hours are mandatorily shortened to six hours daily, according to the Ministry of Labour. While in the government, work timings have also been reduced.
If you are planning to use the Dubai Metro, it has been announced that the Red Line will commence accepting passengers at 5:30am until midnight. While the Green Line commences at 5:50am. Except on Fridays when it will only open at 1pm to 1am.
Hence, anyone wanting to go around the emirates during this one month of fasting and penance should make sure to know the timings of all offices, shopping malls, public transportations, hospitals, among others.
Additionally, any expat or visitor should know that one is not allowed to eat or drink in public. As a sign of courtesy to the majority who are fasting.
Update: If you are from Fujairah,,,
Emirates Central Post Office will operate from 9:00a.m. until 5:00p.m. from Sundays to Thursdays.
Giant Superstore will be open from 8:30a.m. until 11:30p.m. from Saturdays to Thursdays. On Fridays, it will open at 8;30a.m. to 11:30a.m. and will resume operations at 1:30p.m. to 11:30p.m.