Ramadan 2019: School, Public Transport, Mall Timings

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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Ramadan in the UAE is expected to start on 6 May 2019. During the holy month Muslims practice the ritual of fasting. But, that’s not all! In order to respect the sacred ritual and make the dawn-to-dusk fasting easier, schools and malls in the city function for shorter hours.

Here’s all that you need to know about working hours this Ramadan.

1. Schools

During Ramadan schools in Dubai will not be open for more than five hours. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has announced that schools in the city will start between 8:00 – 8:30 am and will close between 1:00 and 1:30 pm.

2. Malls

Major malls in the city will continue to function as usual. However, a few shops might choose to close down during the day and open post sunset. As for the working hours, malls in the city will remain open until 1:00 am on weekdays and until 2:00 am on weekends.

Credits: malloftheemirates.com

3. Parking Timings

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a few changes in parking fee during Ramadan. Parking fee will apply from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays to Thursdays. However, in multi-level parking lots, the fee will be applicable 24/7.

4. Dubai Metro

Dubai metro’s red line will operate from Saturday to Wednesday from 5:00 am to midnight and on Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 am. The green line will operate from Saturday to Wednesday from 5.30am to midnight. On Thursday, from 5.30 am to 1:00 am (of the following day), and on Friday from 10am to 1am.

5. Bus

Bus services during Ramadan will be available from 4:00 am to 1:30 am (past midnight). RTA has announced changes in timings in main bus stations including Al Ghubaiba Station, Satwa, Al Qusaisand Jebel Ali Station.

Inter-city bus stations and commercial coaches to Sharjah will operate round the clock while services to Abu Dhabi will run from 04:40 am up to 00:00 pm.


  • Research, science labs and of course nerdy glasses – that’s what my life was all about until I finally woke up to realise how much I loved food, travel and telling tales. A chai addict, a moody writer and mother to a smallie, my journey as a writer began with The Times of India. And now, here I am in Dubai pursuing my passion and exploring a new city, all in one go!