Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2013

Ramadan 2013 official working hours timings announced Dubai Metro buses, and marine timings

Ramadan 2013 official working hours timings announced Dubai Metro buses and marine public transport timings

RTA Announces Working Hours for Service Delivery in the Holy Month of Ramadan

Dubai public transports timings in Ramadan

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the working hours for delivering its diversified services during the Holy Month of Ramadan which include customer service centers, car parking, public buses, Dubai Metro, marine means of transport, driving training institutes and centers and the testing and registration of vehicles.

Mr. Ahmad Mahboob, Director of Customer Service at the Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector of RTA, said: “adjusting the working hours for delivering the service aims at upgrading the level of different services which the Authority’s agencies provide to all the society’s segments in accordance with the daily practices during the Holy Month which differ from the days in the rest of the year.”

“The Customer Service Centers will deliver its services from Sunday to Thursday at different times, centers at Umm Ramoul, Al Barsha, Deira and Karama centers will be working from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm. While the Al Tawar and Manara centers will work from 9:00 am till 6:00 pm. Meanwhile, Al Awir Center will open in two shifts from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm and from 8:00 pm till 12:00 pm,” he noted.

Mahbob referred to the working hours of the paid parking zones in the Emirate of Dubai stressing that all of them except the Fish Market, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, and Knowledge Village, will work from Saturday till Thursday. The fees will be charged from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm and from 7:00 pm till 12:00 midnight. He said that the working hours at Fish Market throughout the days of the week will be from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm till 11:00 pm. It will be activated according to Mahbob at the Tecom, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, and Knowledge Village from Saturday through Thursday from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm.

Concerning the service timing of public buses “Dubai Buss”, Director of Customer Service Centers said that that the services will be delivered throughout the week as the public buses including the main bus stations such as Gold Souk, Al Ghubaiba 1&2, other subsidiary stations like Al Qusais, Satwa, and Al Qouz Industrial area from 6:00 am till 12:00 midnight, while the Jebal Ali (subsidiary) will work from 10:00 am till 10:00 pm. Concerning the other feeder bus service to the Metro stations such as Al Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa they will be working from 7:00 am till 1:00 am of the next day. Abu Hail and Etisalat stations will work from 10:00 am till 10:00pm.

Commercial inter-city transport vehicle stations will be working throughout the week including the main stations like Al Ghubaiba all around the clock. While the subsidiary stations such as Al- Ittihad Square and Al Sabkha will be working from 6:00 am till 12:00 midnight. While in City Center and Karama stations work will be from 6:00 am till 10:00 pm, other external stations like Sharjah and Bur Dubai will be working 24 hours, other stations like Deira and Abu Dhabi stations will work from 6:00 am till midnight. Work at Hatta station will be from 5:30 am till 9:30 pm. While Fujairah and Ajman stations will work from 6:00 till 10:00 pm.

Mahbob added “Concerning the working hours for delivering services at the Dubai Metro, all Red Line stations will be working in Thursday from 5:30 am till 1:00 am of the next day, and on Friday from 1:00 pm and till 1:00 am of the next day. Other stations will be working from Saturday till Wednesday from 5:30 am till midnight. While all other Green Line stations will be working on Thursday from 5:50 am till 1:00 am of the next day, and on Fridays from 1:00 pm till 1:00 am of the next day. Stations will be working from Saturday till Wednesday from 5:50 am till 12:00 midnight.

He added that service timing of the Marine means of transport will be as follows: Water Bus from 7:00 am till midnight, Water Taxi from 10:00 am till Midnight and Dubai Fairy from 11:00 am till 10:00 pm during the whole week.

On the other hand, the working hours of testing and registration of vehicles will be from Saturday till Thursday on two shifts from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm and from 9:00 pm till midnight at all service providers and these are: Wasil for vehicle testing, ENOC Company, Tasjeel, Tamam Al Kendi, Mumayaz and Shamil, Caris and Al Shirawi testing centers.

“Working hours of driving training and testing centers and institutes will be working during the whole week, Belhassa Centers: Al Wasel and Nad Al Homar will be working from 8:00 am till 8:00 pm, Al Qouze subsidiary will be working from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm, Jebal Ali will be working from 7:00 am till 4:00 pm, while Galadari station’s main branch will be working from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.

At the Dubai International Center, working hours will start at 9:00 am and lasts till 5:00 pm, in Emirates Institute from 9:30 am till 5:00 pm, Al Ahli Center will be working for two shifts from 8:30 am till 5:00 pm and from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm. At Dubai Driving Center, working hours will be from 8:30 am till 1:30 pm, from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm, and from 8:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Official working hours, and opening hours for clinics, transportation and services announced for Ramadan

Dubai: Official Ramadan working hours for governmental departments, clinics, service centres and transportation have been announced by the authorities.

The Municipality Centers Department of Dubai Municipality and Sharjah Municipality have announced that the working hours for government departments and centers will be from 9.00 am to 2.00pm. The Abu Dhabi Municipality has also announced the working hours for the public sector will be reduced by two hours and will be from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Public paid parking timings will be from 8am to 1pm, and 7pm to 12am in both Sharjah and Dubai. Paid parking zones at the Fish Market in Dubai will be from 8am to 1pm and 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, whereas parking areas at Tecom, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, and Knowledge Village will be from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi has also announced that during the holy month of Ramadan, paid parking timings will begin from 10.30pm to 2.30 am, and from 9am to 4pm. Residents can park free of cost during the hours of iftar, and the longer night prayers (Tarawih prayers) that usually start after 9pm.

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Dubai testing and registration centers will operate from Saturday to Thursday on two shifts from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and from 9:00 pm to midnight at all service providers including Wasel, ENOC, Tasjeel, Tamam Al Kendi, Mumayaz, Shamil, Cars and Al Shirawi testing centres.

The tenancy contract attestation section of the lease regulation department in Sharjah will operate from 9:00am to 5:00pm, whereas other contract attestation outlets will be open from 9:00am and 2:00pm.

 

Ramadan moon sighting on Monday night

Abu Dhabi: A committee, chaired by Dr Hadef Jua’an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, will meet after Maghrib prayers on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, to sight the crescent moon of Ramadan.

With the onset of Ramadan, Muslims in the UAE will join the entire Muslim nation of almost two billion people, men and women, young and old, rich or poor, for a whole month, not eating, not drinking and not having intimate relations from dawn to sunset.

The Fatwa section of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Awqaf said for those who miss any days of fasting during Ramadan, there are two types of missed fasts. For any days missed through necessity, Fidya is payable. For any days missed unnecessarily, Kaffara is payable.

When someone cannot fast in Ramadan and cannot make up afterwards (due to ill health or pregnancy) they pay Fidya for someone else to be fed at the rate of Dh15.

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Scholars say Kaffara is the compensation that a Muslim should give if they deliberately miss or break a fast in Ramadan without a valid reason.

According to scholars, to atone for the missed/broken fast, someone must either fast continuously for 60 days, or feed 60 poor people at a rate of Dh15 per day per person. This amounts to Dh900 Kaffara for each missed/broken fast.

Allah states in the Quran:

“O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you become more conscious of God.”

Fasting in Ramadan is obligatory for each and every sane adult Muslim. As for a child, it is not obligatory upon him or her, although valid if observed by a person at the age of discretion (mumayyiz). Also essential for the validity of the fast are Islam and intention. Therefore, as per consensus, neither the fast of a non-Muslim nor the fast of one who has not formed the intention is acceptable. This is apart from the conditions of freedom from menses, bleeding following childbirth, illness and travel.

A traveller fasts and ends the fast according to the timing of the place they reached at dawn and sunset, regardless of the timing of the starting point or destination.

For a traveller to break the fast, the Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i and Maliki schools add a further condition, which is that the journey should commence before dawn and the traveller should have reached the point from where the prescribed prayer becomes overdue before dawn. The Shafiis add another condition, which is that the traveller should not be one who generally travels continuously, such as a driver. In the opinion of all four schools, ending the fast is optional and not compulsory.

Therefore, a traveller who fulfils all the conditions has the option of fasting or not fasting. This is despite the observation of the Hanafis that performing the prescribed prayer in the shortened form during a journey is compulsory and not optional.

The Fatwa section of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Awqaf has said that iftar zakat is Dh20 per person

In Islam fasting is primarily to bring one closer to Allah.

Since, Allah-consciousness is the prerequisite for righteousness, great stress is placed on fasting in Islam.

Therefore, it is not surprising to find that when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was asked “Which is the best deed?” ,he replied, “Fasting, for there is nothing equal to it.”

Eat low GI foods during Ramadan

With Ramadan nearly here, it is important to pay attenttion to your meal planning for Iftar and Suhoor. After breaking your fast, you must eat in a manner that allows your body to deal with the food in an easy ways.

One of the most effective ways to keeping your body happy is to pick foods with Low Glycaemic Index. In other words, eat foods that will not raise your sugar levels dramatically as that can place stress on your system. A glycemic index (GI) is the value obtained by monitoring a person’s blood sugar after eating a food. The value varies slightly from person to person and from one type of food to another.

 

With a low budget of calories, you needs to invest them in the best sources to gain maximum benefit. Avoid empty calories that have no nutritional value.”

Sakina Mustansir | ?Dietician Prime ?Medical Centre

But generally, a food is said to be low GI when the value is 55 or less. A food with High GI has a value of 70 or more. For instance, High GI foods are watermelon (80), dates (103) and honey (58 GI medium).

“It’s always advisable to eat a low-GI diet as much as possible, but you need not eliminate high GI foods altogether” says Sakina Mustansir, dietician, Prime Medical Centre, Dubai. “The trick is to avoid eating high GI foods on their own. Combine them with low GI foods, which will give you an intermediate GI, overall,” she says.

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When you are fasting, your metabolism slows down and calorie requirements drop. “With a low budget of calories, you needs to invest them in the best sources to gain maximum benefit. Avoid empty calories that have no nutritional value,” she advises.

The best way to invest our calories would be in foods with a low GI. “The lower the GI, the slower the food is converted to sugar and the longer it satisfies your hunger,” says Sakina.

If you eat refined carbohydrates, such as white bread (GI 71) and high sugar foods and drinks especially during Suhoor, it will cause the body to produce too much insulin which in turn will make the blood sugar drop. The effect of this on you is that you end up feeling weak, dizzy and tired. The other symptoms will be poor concentration, easy perspiration, tremors, headache, and palpitations during the fasting hours.

To help your body cope and perform well through the day, she suggests you eat more fibre-rich food at Suhoor. “This will keep you feeling full for a longer time,” she says. “To be able to more alert through the day and concentrate at work, eat a high protein diet at Suhoor.”

For example, making a dish with Quinoa, a complex protein, is a very good way to start the day at Suhoor. There are many pure protein choices like eggs, grilled chicken or chicken salad that can fill your stomach as well as keep your blood sugar from spiking. “Selecting low GI foods helps maintain normal blood sugar, minimises hunger pangs, satisfies appetite and optimises brain power and mental focus during the day,” says Sakina.

“If you cannot avoid eating high GI food such as white rice (GI 87), balance it with grilled chicken or vegetables,” she advises.

The idea is to avoid eating high GI foods like white bread. “If you eat white bread by itself, it will satisfy your appetite for a short time only, and very soon after, the hunger pangs will begin.”

These tactics become even more important for people with health conditions such as diabetes. They will have to follow a more intensive plan with low GI foods while regularly monitoring their glucose levels. But if any symptoms of low glucose levels persist, diabetics should immediately drink a sugary drink, eat sugar or place any other sugar-rich sweet under their tongue.

The other rule to observe before embarking on a fast is to avoid eating foods high in sodium such as canned or processed foods and pickles as they will make you thirsty through the day.

Is all this talk of high and low GI foods intimidating you? Don’t worry, it’s not at all complicated. You do not need to know the glycemic index of all foods to take a sensible middle path. Follow the thumb rule that says all vegetables, even frozen peas, are low GI foods – between 10 to 47 GI. Fruits such as peaches, apples, grapes, oranges and strawberries are low GI.

The high GI foods include white rice (87), fresh mashed potatoes (73), French fries (750, basmati rice (58), cornflakes (80), and white bread (71).

The ‘good’ foods are porridge (GI 58, medium), rolled oats (51), all bran (30) and whole wheat bread (49), whole milk (31) and sweetened yoghurt (23).

In numbers

Sakina recommends these low GI foods for Ramadan:

• Eggs: An excellent Suhoor meal, they are high in protein, to keep us full, and in choline (a water-soluble nutrient) to boost brain health and memory.

• Fish: A rich source of protein as well as healthy fats, EPA and DHA, which is not only heart-healthy but also helps boost concentration during the fasting hours, also found in walnuts and flaxseeds.

• Chicken: A major source of lean and high-quality slow-digesting protein to keep us full, it also provides a broad spectrum of nutrients. It is a rich source of B vitamins specially B3 and B6, supports the immune system, alleviates depression and keeps the blood sugar in the normal range, and is rich in selenium which plays a role in preventing cell damage.

• Lentils: A small but a mighty member of the legume family, it iis rich in cholesterol-lowering fibre, and its high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. Lentils balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow- burning energy. Lentils also can increase energy by replenishing iron reserves.

• Walnuts: A handful of walnuts contain almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. Walnuts contain several antioxidants, such as melatonin and quinone juglone, that cannot be found in other nuts. The anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 reduces the risk of heart diseases, helps prevent and treat prostate and breast cancer. Research has shown that the highly potent phytonutrient, quinone, destroys cancer and precancerous cells while leaving healthy tissue intact.

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Walnuts a day is all it takes to benefit from its numerous health benefits.

Fruits: They are hydrating as well as nourishing. Watermelon can best beat the summer fasting. The fruit is mostly water and sugar and is packed with essential rehydration salts magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium so it can actually hydrate you more effectively than water. Other fruits for this long days of summer are: oranges, berries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, coconut water, pineapple, grapes and mango. Eat at least 2 to 3 fruits everyday.

• Fibrous vegetables: These help increase the feeling of fullness. Broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, peas, beet root, carrots, corn, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers – all pack a punch of antioxidants, pytochemicals with a range of health benefits. At least 3 to 4 servings of vegetables should be eaten every day.

• Buttermilk: This cooling drink is known to reduce body heat during the scorching summers. It’s a thirst quencher and prevents dehydration, rich source of calcium, phosphorous, B12, protein, potassium. It’s easily digested and it also populates the digestive system with good bacteria, preventing digestive troubles and enhancing the immune system during the fasting days.

• Oats: High in fibre and a great choice for Suhoor. The fibre in oats will help prevent constipation and stomach upset during fasting. A filling smoothie would be with whole banana (magnesium and potassium), yogurt (protein), almonds (vitamin E and healthy fat) and oats (fibre and whole grain).

• Barley: The great value of barley is that it’s nourishing, easy to digest, and soothing and emollient to the gastro-intesntinal tract, with no residual astringency that might aggravate colic or bloating. It’s very traditional and stems from the fact that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) himself ended his daily prescribed fast in Ramadan with dates, water, and often barley broth. In Greek Medicine, barley is used during breaking fasts, cleansing diets and detoxification.

• Extra virgin olive oil: It’s the oil that contains 70 percent of its fat in the form of a monounsaturated,omega fatty acid which has long been identified for its cholesterol balancing in the body. The cancer preventive, heart protective, anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties of Olive oil are worthy enough to include the oil in the diet. Olive oil is a culinary oil with legendary health benefits.

• Brown rice: The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just the colour. Brown rice is packed with a double punch of being a concentrated source of fibre and selenium and eating it the risk of colon cancer is substantially reduced. The oil in whole brown rice (rice bran oil) reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol. Its beneficial role is also seen in Metabolic Syndrome, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and bone health.

• Dates: The Ramadan Iftar staple. The body’s immediate need at the time of Iftar is to get an easily available energy source in the form of glucose for every living cell, particularly brain and nerve cells. Dates are good source of sugars. They contain a unique blend of glucose and fructose and have a very high potassium content (about 64 perent more than bananas), a key rehydration mineral. They have a nutrient called beta-D-glucan which is a soluble fibre that has health benefits and can increase the feeling of fullness.

• Figs: They contain key mineral such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. They are also a great source of fibre and can support healthy blood sugar levels. Figs are an alkaline food which means they help balance the Ph value of the body making it less acidic.

• Soups: Great for Iftar. They are hugely refreshing and nutritious – a quick shot of thirst-slaking liquid with hunger-relieving solid nutrition that prepares the body and soul for the prayers that follow, before the proper evening meal. Helps restore water and mineral balance in the body after the long hours of fasting.

Retailers embark on Ramadan ad blitzkrieg

Dubai: With the month of Ramadan coming up, major retailers have started rolling out ad campaigns designed to attract consumers and their wallets.

Some retailers showcase their offers and promotions for the month while others launch new products, with ads running on television, in newspapers, online and outdoor.

Ramadan ads this year “will have a lot of focus on [product] value and extras,” according to Noah Khan, head of TBWA\RAAD Digital Arts Network.

While campaigns differ from one industry to another, a theme that is omnipresent is that of family and community. Brands convey the message of the period as being “serene, calm and reflective,” Khan said.

Every year, Ramadan-specific ads conjure up images that are synonymous with the period, such as lanterns and a dark background with stars and a moon. A typical scenario in a food and beverage ad includes a family gathered around a table for iftar.

Fashion ads, meanwhile, normally show a person upgrading their wardrobe or gifting clothes to a family member.

Message drowns

However, some ads are careful to avoid images that are relevant to Ramadan “to give justice to the offering and to stand out,” said Jean Traboulsi, managing director of advertising agency Leo Burnett in the UAE. The trouble with having such images is losing the message that a particular ad intends to deliver to consumers, he added. Ads that focus on the brand deliver a message much easier.

Brands in the UAE spend 15 to 20 per cent of their annual media budget for Ramadan-related ad campaigns, compared to 5 to 10 per cent during other months. The most bought medium is television, triggered by high viewership during Ramadan.

“Television viewership timings change during Ramadan. It peaks before and after iftar, and after midnight,” he said. The main drivers of television viewership are certain programmes, such as Arabic television series and ‘fawazeer’ or riddle shows.

Driving on some of Dubai’s main roads, you will find that such programmes have already been advertised on outdoor media.

Media spend during Ramadan is at its peak, Traboulsi said.

“It’s driven by two factors: the cost of media peaks since Ramadan programmes have a big reach, so brands spend more. The other factor is people boosting their consumption in Ramadan because of CSR [activities] and promotions,” he said.

For some brands, Ramadan accounts for 50 per cent of their business. “You make it or break it in Ramadan, you make it or break it in that fiscal year,” he said.

However, some brands do not spend more on media during Ramadan because it is not a period when consumption of their products increases.

 

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