Yesterday (29th June) was the start of the holy month of Ramadan for all having the Islam faith. Fasting and prayer is the main focus for this month. Anyone visiting the Arab Emirates this month needs to know that it is frowned upon to drink or eat in public as most of the residents are fasting and it is a disrespect to do so. But it is not prohibited to do in the privacy of your own homes or hotel rooms for that matter.
Another thing affected during this month are the timings of offices (government and private sectors), restaurants, malls, transport buses and trains, among others. As an expat and non-Moslem, I try to learn these timings as it is helpful to go about doing your everyday things without the hassle of being in an office just to find out it’s closed and will open at a later time only.
All workers will have shortened working hours. Instead of 8 hours daily, one has to work for 6 hours only this month. It is mandatory so anyone working in excess can and has the right to inform their employer that it is against the law.
The Dubai Metro according to RTA’s public announcement will commence from 5:30am to 1am (Red line) on Thursdays, from 1pm to 1am on Fridays, and from 5:30am to 12midnight during Saturdays to Wednesdays. While the Green line will commence from 5:50am to 1am on Thursdays, from 1pm to 1am on Fridays, and from 5:50am to 12midnight during Saturdays to Wednesdays.
Inter-city buses will be available throughout the week with timings of 5:30am to midnight. Fujairah station will be open from 5:50am to 9pm daily. The main bus station in Ghubaiba will operate for 24 hours during Ramadan.
Emirates Post in Fujairah will operate from 9am to 5pm from Saturday to Thursday. Aramex Fujairah will be operational in two shifts: 9am to 5pm and 8pm to 10pm from Saturday to Thursday. GMC Hospital Fujairah Outpatient clinics will operate from 11:30am to 1:30pm and 8:15pm to 11:45pm from Saturday to Thursday while Emergency services are available for 24 hours.
These are just some of the schedules that I know of for now. I will update as soon as I learn some more of the timings in other offices.
Ramadan Kareem to all our Moslem brethren around the world.
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