Here is the all-important public transport news for the holiday

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OK, we don’t know for sure that Sunday is going to be a holiday for Islamic New Year. But we can confirm the revised public transport timings.

Once the all-important date is announced, both the public and private sectors will have a day off work.

It’s to celebrate Muharram 1, 1441 – Hijri or Islamic New Year, on the Islamic Calendar. The corresponding date in the Gregorian Calendar is predicted to fall 31st August or 1st September.. That’s dependent on a moon sighting and hasn’t yet been confirmed by the UAE government.

On that day, parking charges will be suspended at all Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) bays. Only multi-storey parking is excluded.

Here’s what’s happening with public transport.

The Dubai Metro will operate from 5am-midnight on the Red Line and from 5.30am on the Green Line, so no change there.

Dubai’s Tram is operating as usual too – 6am-1am Saturday to Thursday and from 9am-1am Friday.

For a full list of when bus stations are open and marine transport is out and about, visit

Vehicles testing depots and RTA Happiness Centres will be closed for the day.

In respect of the religious day, the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has asked licensed venues not to host live entertainment and music from 6.30pm Saturday, August 31st until 7.30pm on Sunday, September 1st.


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