Free parking in Dubai for Islamic New Year holiday

The RTA also announced the schedule for public transport during the holiday

Image used for illustrative purpose. Empty car parking with Dubai downtown background

Image used for illustrative purpose. Empty car parking with Dubai downtown background

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The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority on Wednesday announced free parking in the emirate on the occasion of the Hijri New Year. All parking areas, except multi-level parking terminals, will be free on Muharram 1, 1441, the RTA said.


During the holiday, Metro trains on the red line will be operating from 5am to midnight, while the green line will be operating from 5.30am to midnight.


The Dubai Tram will be operating from Saturday to Thursday from 6am to 1am (of the following day). On Friday, the tram service hours will be from 9am to 1am (of the following day).

Happiness centres

Customers' happiness centres will close during the holiday, and resume duty on the following day (Muharram 2, 1441). Smart customers happiness centres at Umm Al Ramool and RTA Head Office will be operating as usual 24/7.


Public buses (Dubai Bus) will operate during the holiday as follows: Main Bus Stations (including Gold Souq) will operate from 4.25am to 00.59am (past midnight). Ghubaiba Station will be in service from 4.26am to 00.43am (past midnight). Sub-stations (including Satwa) will start from 5am to 11pm except for Route C01 operating around-the-clock from Satwa. Qusais Station will run bus service from 4:34am to 00:08am (past midnight). Al Quoz Industrial Station will open from 5:05am to 11.35pm. Jebel Ali Station will operate from 5am and continue up to 11.22 pm.

Metro link bus stations at Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail, and Etisalat will be in service from 5am to 12.10am (past midnight). The timing of the feeder bus service is synchronised with the metro timetables.

Marine transport

Marine transit services during New Hijri Year holiday will observe the following timing: The Water Bus will operate at Marina Stations (Marina Mall, Marina Walk, Marina Terrace, Marina Promenade) from noon up to midnight. It will run services from Jaddaf station to Dubai Water Canal Station at 12.40pm, 3.30pm, and 6.15pm. The service from Dubai Water Canal to Jaddaf Station will be at 2.05pm, 4.50pm and 7.40pm.

Abra timing during the holiday will be as follows: Traditional Abra will operate at Dubai Creek Stations, (Fahidi to Sabkha, Dubai Old Souq to Baniyas, and Baniyas to Al Seef) will be operating from 10am to 1am (of the following day). Abra service on the Sheikh Zayed Road will be running from 4pm to 10pm.

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