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DUBAI – With Ramadan just around the corner, announcements have been made regarding working hours, parking timings and other details. Here’s what we know so far. Don’t forget to bookmark this page for updates:
Ramadan in the UAE will start on May 17, according to the UAE Moon Sighting Committee.
Federal government employees and ministry employees will work from 9am to 2pm during Ramadan, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. The working hours for the private sector will be shorter by two hours based on each company’s work hours, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.
Students in UAE public schools will have a 5-hour school day.
Kindergarten: 8:30am to 12pm
Cycle 1 (boys): 8am to 12:35pm
Cycle 1 (girls): 9am to 1:35pm
Cycle 2 and secondary (boys): 8am to 1:20pm
Cycle 2 and secondary (girls): 9am to 2:20pm
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In Abu Dhabi, motorists who park their cars at mosque parking areas to attend Tawareeh prayers in Abu Dhabi will be exempt from paying parking feees.
Paid parking timings are as follows:
Sunday to Wednesday: 9am to 2pm, 9pm to 2:30am
Thursday: 9am to 2pm, 9pm to 12am
Friday: Free parking
Saturday: 9am to 2pm, 9pm to 2:30am
In Abu Dhabi trucks and lorries are banned from plying Abu Dhabi roads from 8am to 10am and from 2pm until 4pm during Ramadan. More on this
The Green and Red Lines usually operate from 5:30am to midnight during weekdays, from 10am to 1am on Friday, and from 5:30am to 1am on Saturday. Please watch this space for updates with official timings from the RTA
Ramadan is considered a holy month for Muslims, who spend the month fasting and praying. Observing Ramadan is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Adult Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan. Those exempt from fasting are sick people, the elderly, pregnant women and children.
No, but those who want to fast are encouraged to do so.
The fasting period begins before sunrise. But first, Muslims will have a pre-fast meal called suhour before they start with Fajr prayers.
Selected malls and restaurants in the UAE have a closed-off section where non-Muslims can eat during Ramadan fasting hours. Outside of these areas, it is not advisable to be seen eating or drinking in public out of respect for Muslims who are fasting.
Refrain from smoking, dancing or playing music in public, or from wearing inappropriate clothing. Do not swear.
Muslims end their fast just after sunset before Maghrib prayers after the ‘Azaan’ (call for prayers). The meal taken to break one’s fast is called iftar.
You can greet people with “Ramadan Kareem”, which means “happy Ramadan”.
Ramadan is determined by the moon cycle, so it can last for up to 29 or 30 days.
Muslims have a three-day celebration called Eid Al Fitr after the last day of Ramadan. It is considered a public holiday period.
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