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Dubai’s RTA announces free parking during National Day holidays

Dubai’s RTA announces free parking during National Day holidays

RTA has also announced revised timings for all its services during the long weekend

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced new timings for public transport during the upcoming UAE National Day holidays.

All paid parking zones (except for multi-level parking terminals) will be free from Sunday, December 1 to Tuesday, December 3, the RTA announced.

It has also announced revised timings for public buses, metro, tram, marine transport, driving schools, testing and registration centres and its customer happiness centres.

The new timings are as follows:

Customer Happiness centres

Customers Happiness centres will be closed from Sunday, December 1 to Tuesday, December 3. Services will resume on Wednesday, December 4. However, the smart centre at RTA’s head office on Umm Al Ramool, will remain open 24/7 during the holiday period.

Dubai Metro and Tram
On December 1-2, the red line of Dubai metro will operate from 5am to 1am (the following day). Meanwhile, the green line will operate from 5.30am till 1am (the following day). The tram will be in service from 6am to 1am (the following day).


Image Courtesy: RTA Twitter

Public buses (Dubai bus)
At main stations, buses will operate from 4.25am to 00.29am (past midnight), and at Ghubaiba from 4.14am to 00.58am (past midnight).

At subsidiary stations, buses will operate at Satwa station from 4.45am to 11.03pm, except for C01, which will be operative round-the-clock.

Bus service timings at auxiliary stations are as follows:

Al Qusais: 4.31am to 12.08am (past midnight)

Al Quoz Industrial Station: 5.05am to 11.35pm

Jebel Ali Station: 4.58am to 11.30pm

Metro link buses
Metro link buses at Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail and Etisalat Stations will be in service from 5am to 1.10am (the following day).

Note: The timings of metro link services are aligned to the timetable of the metro service.

Intercity bus service and commercial buses (at Al Ghubaiba) will be running 24/7 to Al Jubail station, Sharjah, and from 4.36am to 1am (the following day) to Abu Dhabi.

Subsidiary stations
At subsidiary stations, the bus service will operate at the following times:-

Union Square station: 4.25 am to 1.25am (the following day)
Sabkha station: 6.15am to 1.30am (the following day)
Deira City centre station: 5.35am to 11.30pm
Karama station: 6.13am to 10.23pm
Al Ahli stadium: 5.55am to 10.15pm

External stations
At external stations, the bus service on start on the following timings:

Sharjah (Al Taawun) route: 5.30am to 10pm
Ajman route: 4.30am to 11pm
Fujairah route: 5.23am to 9.39pm
Hatta route: 5.30am to 9.30pm


Image Courtesy: RTA Twitter


Marine transport
From Friday, November 29 to Tuesday, December 3, marine transport means will operate as follows:

Water bus at Marina station (Marina mall, Marina Walk, Marina Terrace, Marina Prominade): 12.00 noon to 00.00 (midnight).
Jaddaf Water Transport station to Dubai Water Canal station: 12.15pm to 5.45pm
Dubai Water Canal station to Jaddaf station: 2.10pm to 7.40pm


Dubai Ferry will make five journeys between Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina station – the service will start at each station at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6.30pm.

Al Ghubaiba to Sharjah Aquarium Stations: 2pm to 10.30pm
Sharjah Aquarium to Ghubaiba: 2pm to 9pm
Sheikh Zayed Road station (tourist service): 4pm to 10pm


Abra will be sailing at Dubai Creek stations as follows:

Al Ghubaiba and Sabkha in both directions: no service
Sabkha to Fahidi to Old Deira Souq (on both directions): 10am to 1.00am (the following day)
Old Dubai Souq-Baniyas (in both directions): 10am to 1.00am (the following day)
Baniyas-Al Seef stations (in both directions):10am to 1.00am (the following day)

Sheikh Zayed Road station (tourist service): 4pm to 10pm
Jaddaf to Dubai Water Canal Station and Al Wajeha Al Maia station – Marasi station: 11.05am, 12.35pm, 2.05pm, 03.55pm, 5.20pm, 6.30pm and 8.20pm.
Marasi Station to Sheikh Zayed Road station: 11:25pm, 12:55pm, 2.25pm, 4.15pm, 5.35pm, 6.50pm and 8.40pm
Dubai Water Canal station to Jaddaf station, Marasi station and Al Wajeha Al Maia station: 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 3.15pm, 5.05pm, 6.15pm, 7.40pm, and 9.30pm
Sheikh Zayed Road station to Marasi station: 11.50am, 1.20pm, 2.50pm, 4.40pm, 5.55pm, 7.15pm, and 9.05pm

Electric abra will be operating between Dubai Festival City, Baniyas, and Al Seef from 4pm to 11.30pm and at Burj Khalifa from 6pm to 11.30pm
Air-conditioned abra between Jaddaf and Dubai Festival City will be operating from 8am to 00:00 (midnight).

Technical testing service centres will be closed from December 1-3.

UAE is celebrating its 48th National Day on December 2. The UAE government has announced holidays from December 1-3 to mark Commemoration Day and National Day.

Read: UAE confirms holiday dates for Commemoration Day and National Day


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