The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the service timings for availing different RTA services during the forthcoming Eid Al Fitr holidays via its customer service centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro, marine transit means, driving schools and vehicles' testing and registration centres.
Ahmed Mahboob, Director of RTA Customer Service (pictured), stated that the customer service centres will be off during the Eid holidays starting from the 29th day of Ramadan (August 17, 2012) and will resume duty on the 4th day of Shawwal (August 22, 2012).
All paid parking zones in the Emirate of Dubai would be free to use, except for the parking lots of the Fish Market and the multi-level parking as of August 17 and the fees system would be reactivated on August 22.
Mahboob added, "The RTA will extend the working hours of the Dubai Metro during the Eid holidays, with the service starting at 5:50am and continuing up to 1am (past midnight). During the Eid holidays, the timing of public buses will be as follows: Main Stations (such as Gold Souq and Al Ghubaiba) will start at 6am and remain open up to 12 midnight. Subsidiary stations (such as Satwa, Al Qusais, Al Quoz Industrial, and Jebel Ali) will also start at 6am and remain open up to 12 midnight. Metro Feeder Bus Stations at Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Abu Hail, Burj Khalifa and Etisalat will offer service from 6am up to 1am.
"During the Eid holidays the timing of commercial buses and inter-city bus service will be as follows: Main Stations (like Ghubaiba) will remain operational 24 hours a day, while subsidiary stations (such as Sabkha, Union Square, Deira City Centre and Karama) will be on duty from 6am up to 12 midnight. External stations (such as Sharjah-Bur Dubai) will be on service round-the-clock during the Eid holidays, while Sharjah, Deira, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Ajman and Hatta services will start at 6am and continue up to 12 midnight during the holidays," stated Mahboob.
He also indicated that the working hours of marine transit systems during the Eid holidays will be as follows: Water Bus from 7am up to 10pm, Water Taxi from 10am up to 10pm, and Ferry Dubai from 9am up to 9pm.
As for driving schools and centres, Emirates Driving Institute, Belhasa Driving Center, Dubai Driving Center, Galadari Driving Center, Al Ahli Driving Center, and Dubai International Driving Center will be off during the first and second days of Eid and will resume duty on the third day of Eid.
Vehicles’ testing and registration centres will be out of service during the three days of Eid Al Fitr and will resume duty on August 22.