UAE: Predicted start date and working hours in Ramadan 2024

A month of fasting and prayer, Ramadan, is coming up soon, and with it, a change in everyday life.

There will be certain changes to your regular routine during Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates. A few things alter over the month.

When is Ramadan in the UAE?

Astronomical forecasts indicate that the crescent moon will fall on March 11, 2024, although the UAE's moonsighting commission will proclaim the official date once they see it next month.

How Ramadan affects working hours

Offices, shopping centers, restaurants, and paid parking lots all change their hours of operation during Ramadan. Everything you need to know is outlined below:

1- Private sector offices

Article 15 (2) of "Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022 on the implementation of Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021" states that during Ramadan, working hours are decreased by two hours.

During Ramadan, non-Muslim workers are also entitled to reduced working hours without a wage cut, according to the official website of the UAE government - u.ae.

2- Opening hours of restaurants

According to u.ae, the majority of eateries follow the fasting hours. After evening prayers, they reopen after being shuttered during the day. During the day, you can find certain eateries operating and consumers can place meal orders for delivery, takeout, or even inside dining.

3- Opening hours of grocery shops and malls

Grocery stores and supermarkets are open for business as normal. Until late at night, malls are open.

4- Parking timings

Public parking hours are subject to change during Ramadan. The parking meters at each parking area display information regarding the parking hours, costs, and payment methods. In Dubai, for instance, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reports that paid public hours during Ramadan are from 8am to 6pm and from 8pm to 12 midnight. We will release the details for each emirate as we get closer to Ramadan.

5- Availability of taxis

Although cabs in the UAE are at the ready at all times, u.ae reports that it could be tough to hail one in the nights when many drivers are breaking their fast. Prior to your trip, use a ride-sharing app such as Careem, Hala Taxi, or Uber to reserve a cab.

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