RAMADAN 2024: Shorter working hours announced, school hours, free parking timings and all you need to know

Ramadan 2024 Updates In Dubai

Here’s all you need to know about expected working hours, parking timings and more this holy month of Ramadan 2024

The Holy Month of Ramadan has officially commenced, with all of the UAE ready for a month of fasting and spirituality. 

Additionally, the country will also see a change in daily routines, ranging from work hours to school schedules and paid parking hours. Of course, there are plenty of amazing Iftars and Suhoors to keep your eye out for this Ramadan in Dubai as well.  

While the exact start date for the Holy Month is yet to be confirmed, the Hijri calendar published by the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) predicts Ramadan will commence on Tuesday, 12 March 2024. 

And now, there has been official confirmation of reduced working hours for both federal entities and private sectors. For federal sectors, it’s 9am to 2.30pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9am to midday on Fridays. Meanwhile, the private sector will see a two-hour reduction in their work days. In both cases, the UAE authorities have specified an additional flexible/work-from-home pattern can be established within the working hours.

For schools, the timings are typically reduced to five hours daily. However, Ramadan falls during the term break this year, meaning schools will likely be closed during the first three weeks of the holy month.  

According to Dubai RTA’s latest announcement, parking charges will apply from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday — giving residents free parking for two hours on weekdays. Sharjah applied fees from 8am to midnight Saturday to Thursday. 

Depending on the moon sighting, Eid Al Fitr dates will be announced towards the end of the period. If astronomers are to be believed, this will fall around 8 April and lead to a six-day break for UAE residents


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