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Dubai: If you’re planning to go out on Sunday’s public holiday, there’s now one less thing to worry about since parking in Dubai will be free.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Wednesday that all paid parking zones will be free of charge on the Islamic New Year 1438, which falls on October 2.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiritisation announced that Sunday will be an official paid holiday for all public and private sector employees in the UAE.

"All paid parking zones in Dubai will be free of charge except for the parking lots of the [Deira] Fish Market and the multi-level parking terminal on Sunday, and fees will be reactivated on the Monday October 3, 2016,” said Moaza Al Marri, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication, RTA Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector.   

However, parking fees will still be applicable at the Fish Market and multi-level parking lots.

In a statement, the RTA also said that the timings of public transport services will change during the long weekend.

Public transport timings

"On Saturday October 1, the Red Line of Dubai Metro will start service at 5:30am (Express Metro Service) and continue up to 1am (on the following day); and on Sunday October 2nd, from 5:30am to midnight," she said.

The Green Line will operate on Saturday October 1 from 5:50am and continue up to 1am (on the following day), and on Sunday, October 2 from 5:50am to midnight.

The Metro Stations Feeder Bus Service at Al Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, Abu Hail, Etisalat, and Dubai Mall-Burj Khalifa stations will operate from 5am to 12:20am.

On Friday, the Dubai Tram will start at 9am and continue up to 1am the following day.

“As for the working hours of service providers, all centres of partners and service providers will be closed during the holiday of the Al Hijri New Year on Sunday, and will be back in service on Monday,” said Al Marri.