Making plans for the long weekend? Good news, parking will be free in most parts of Dubai on Sunday (23rd April).
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced that during Isra and Mi’raj holiday, charges will be lifted on all paid parking zones, apart from multi-level parking lots and Deira Fish Market. Paid parking will start again on Monday, 24th April.
To mark the Islamic holiday, all the RTA’s customer happiness centres will also be closed on Sunday and there will be some changes to public transport.
The Metro Red Line stations will operate from 5.30am to midnight and the Green Line stations from 5:50am to midnight. The Dubai Tram will be in service on Sunday from 6.30am to 1am the following day and they’re both great ways to beat traffic jams.
Why are we having a holiday? Earlier this month, the UAE government announced that the public sector will enjoy an extra day off for the day that roughly translates as ‘journey and ascension’ and marks a trip that the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) took from Mecca to Jerusalem, then to heaven.
So, private sector employees who usually work Saturdays, can take Saturday, 22nd April as paid leave.
And it’s a three-weekend for anyone who typically has Friday and Saturday off, because they will also be off work on Sunday, 23rd April.
The night is usually marked by offering prayers and lighting candles. FYI, it’s the last long weekend in the UAE’s holiday calendar before Ramadan starts on or around 27th May.