The Dubai Metro service hours during the holy month of Ramadan will start from 6am and continue until 1am (after midnight) during weekdays, and from 2pm to 1am on Fridays, announced Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Al Tayer also announced a revision in the working hours of paid parking zones during Ramadan, where the morning session will remain as it is (from 8am to 1pm), and the evening session will start from 7pm to 12am (midnight), thus maintaining the same number of hours set for using parking zones in the evening session without any increase.
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The RTA is keen on delivering top-class services to users, he said.
Al Tayer said: "Fixing the Metro service time during Ramadan came in response to an opinion poll of the public and Metro riders about the operational timing. It also came in response to a comprehensive study of mobility movement in the emirate during Ramadan and the working hours in the public and private sector organisations. The decision also takes into consideration the movement of people which soars after iftar and taraweeh prayers and continues late into the night."
“Statistics reveal that the number of Metro users jumped from 2,373,451 passengers last April to 3,193,087 passengers in May and the number of the Metro commuters kept rising to reach 3,262,912 passengers in June. While we were bracing for a drop in the Metro ridership in July and August due to the summer vacation, the first week of July 2010 registered a record number of the Metro riders with 130,529 commuters using the Metro on July 1st (Thursday). Such a rise in the metro ridership is attributed to the vibrant nature of the Dubai city; which has become a summer destination for tourists. Moreover, the Dubai Metro is expected to post an upsurge of passengers over the remaining months of the current year,” said Al Tayer.
Commenting on the working hours of the of the paid parking zones in Ramadan, Al Tayer said: “Revising the parking timing in the evening session was intended to ease the pressure on parking users in the afternoon up to iftar time as the parking use will be exempted from 1pm up to 7pm, and the fees will apply from 7pm to 12am (midnight) in order to avail the parking space for users. The movement of the public within markets and business districts during Ramadan shifts from day time to the period after iftar. Thus it was inevitable to take a decision that goes in parallel line with the commercial activity in the Emirate to ensure the availability of parking space for the public during and after iftar, streamline the traffic movement in all areas of the Emirate, minimise the negative use of parking, and ensure the availability of parking space during the business peak hours of Ramadan”.