Dubai has announced the official working hours for public sector departments during the holy month of Ramadan 2013.
Dubai Municipality and Sharjah Municipality officials said working hours for government departments and centres will be from 9am to 2pm. However, Abu Dhabi Municipality offices will remain open from 9am to 3pm.
Public paid parking will also run from 8am to 1pm, and 7pm to 12am in Sharjah and Dubai, the officials said. The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi confirmed paid parking timings during the holy month will be from 10.30pm to 2.30 am, and from 9am to 4pm.
Workers at Wasel, ENOC, Tasjeel, Tamam Al Kendi, Mumayaz, Shamil, Cars and Al Shirawi testing centres will operate from Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm and from 9pm to midnight.
The first day of the Islamic holy month Ramadan in 2013 will be July 10, the Sharjah Planetarium at the UAE Department of Culture and Information said in March.
In a statement carried on official news agency WAM, the planetarium forecast the Ramadan crescent moon will be seen from July 8 at 11:14 and set at 19:08, five minutes before the sunset.
The crescent will be sited on the evening of July 9, meaning that Ramadan will begin the next day.
During Ramadan, adult Muslims around the world abstain from eating during the daylight hours, as well as refraining from smoking and sexual relations.