Digital touch screen parking meter machine opposite the Jafiliya metro station, Dubai. Image Credit: Antonin Kélian Kallouche/Gulf News

Dubai

Public parking across Dubai will be free on Sunday to mark Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) birthday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Tuesday.

According to the RTA, parking across all paid parking zones in Dubai will be free, except for multi-level parking terminals. Parking fees will be reactivated on Monday, November 19.

To mark the occasion, all the RTA’s customers’ happiness centres will be closed on Sunday, except the two smart centres at Umm Al Ramool and RTA Head Office, which will remain open as usual. All RTA partner centres as well as vehicle registration centres will also be closed on Sunday.

However, the Dubai Metro and tram will operate as usual, without any change in service timings.

Buses at main stations such as Gold Souq Station, will operate from 4.25am to 12:29 midnight, and at Al Ghubaiba Station from 4.14am to 12.33 midnight.

Services at subsidiary stations, such as Satwa, will operate from 5am to 11pm, except for Route C01, which will be operating around-the-clock.

Al Ghusais Bus Station will operate from 5am to 11.45pm, Al Qouz Industrial Station will operate from 5am to 11.35pm and Jebel Ali Station will be offering services from 5am to 11,30pm.

The schedules of marine transport services during the holiday have also been changed.

The Water Bus will shuttle at Marina stations (Marina Mall, Marina Walk, Marina Terrace, Marina Promenade) from 12:00 noon to 12 midnight. The Water Taxi will be operating from 9am up to 10pm.

The Dubai Ferry will be calling five times at Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina Stations at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6pm. It will be running two services from Al Jaddaf Station to Dubai Water Canal Station at 12pm and 5.30pm, and two services from Dubai Water Canal Station to Al Jaddaf at 2.05pm and 7.35pm. Round trips will be running from Shaikh Zayed Road Station from 6pm to 12 midnight.

During the holiday, the traditional Abra service will operate at the Dubai Creek Stations (Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq, Al Seef), from 10am until 12 midnight.

At the Shaikh Zayed Road Station, the Abra service will be running from 4pm to 10pm.

The electric Abra will be operating at Burj Khalifa from 6pm to 11pm, at Al Mamzar from 2pm to 12 midnight, at Al Qasr Hotel Station to Dubai Mall Station from 12pm to 11.30pm, and Burj Plaza Station (round trip) from 12pm to 11.30pm.