Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai announced on Wednesday that all paid parking zones will be free of charge in celebration for the New Year.
“All car parkings in Dubai will be free as of Sunday, December 31, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018, except multi-level parking [lots],” said the RTA.
This means that motorists have two free days of parking, as the metres will become operational again on January 2, 2018.
Tariff payments will resume on Tuesday , January 2, 2018.
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) December 27, 2017
Dubai’s metro Red Line will run continuously for 43 hours starting from 5am on December 31 to midnight on January 2. It will resume its normally operation hours from January 2 morning.
The Green Line metro stations will operate from 5.30am to to midnight on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
During the holiday, metro link bus stations (Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail, and Etisalat) will be in service from 5am to 2.20am (of the following day). The timing of all metro link bus routes will be synchronised with the scheduled timings of the metro service.
From Sunday 31 December 2017, the Dubai Tram will operate from 6am to 1am until Tuesday January 2.
The RTA on Wednesday also announced changes to the business hours of its entire services during the New Year’s holiday.
Service outlets include customers’ happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai metro and tram, marine transit modes, driving schools and vehicle testing and registration centres.
Yousef Al Reda, chief executive officer of RTA’s Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector, said, “Customers Happiness Centers would be closed during the New Year’s holiday from Sunday 31 December 2017 and resume duty on Tuesday, January 2.”
The service timing of public buses (Dubai Bus) will be changed as well. Main stations, such as Gold Souq, will operate from 4.25am to 00.29 (past midnight). Al Ghubaiba Station will be open from 4.16am to 1am (of the following day).
All service provider centres, as well as vehicles testing and registration centres, will be closed during the New Year’s holiday from Sunday 31 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018, and resume business on Tuesday 2 January 2018.