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Ramadan in UAE: Embracing Tradition and Unity

The UAE eagerly anticipates the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, a time when spirituality infuses every aspect of life, fostering a serene and contemplative atmosphere across the Emirates. With the upcoming commencement of Ramadan on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, as per the Hijri calendar published by the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), preparations are underway to embrace the blessings and traditions of this sacred time.

Enhanced Work-Life Balance

One of the most notable transformations during Ramadan is the adjustment in daily routines, affecting everything from work hours to school schedules and parking regulations. Both fasting and non-fasting employees benefit from reduced work hours, allowing them to participate in spiritual activities and cultural observances during the month.

Typically, the UAE government announces reduced working hours for both public and private sectors, with many private sector employees enjoying a two-hour reduction in their workday. Government offices also operate on shortened schedules, with public sector employees working six hours instead of the usual eight.

Celebratory Holidays and Complimentary Parking

School schedules also adapt to accommodate the significance of Ramadan. While academic days are typically reduced to five hours daily, this year, most schools will be closed for the first three weeks of the holy month, coinciding with either the spring break or end-of-term recess.

Parking regulations undergo modifications as well, with adjustments to paid parking hours announced closer to the start of Ramadan. Last year, Dubai implemented fees from 8 am to 6 pm and from 8 pm to 12 midnight, Monday to Saturday, offering residents two hours of free parking on weekdays. Similarly, Sharjah applied fees from 8 am to midnight, Saturday to Thursday.

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