Dubai Officials Announce New Public Transport Operating Hours

In line with the revised lockdown hours in Dubai, the operations of public transport services have also been changed.

The updated timings were announced on the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) official Twitter account.

#RTA has updated the service hours of #publictransport means (metro, tram, buses, marine transport, taxis, and shared transport) as well as customer happiness centres and centres of service providers, as of today 20 May 2020. #We_Are_All_Responsible #RTANews

— RTA (@rta_dubai) May 19, 2020

The revised operation times are as follows:

The Dubai Metro will operate from 7 am to 9 pm.

The Dubai Tram will function from 7 am to 9 pm.

Daily Dubai Taxi services will run from 6 am to 8 pm.

Marine services will take place from 8:30 am to 7 pm.

Intercity Bus services are suspended till further notice.

Dubai Bus services will operate from 6 am to 8 pm, with the exception of essential, limited hospital trips, which will run until 6 am.

The revised timings comes after the RTA announced new guidelines and mandatory safety rules, when using the city's public transport.

Elevators located within the Dubai Metro and the Dubai Tram are only to be used by people of determination and parents with prams. No more than two people are allowed to use the service at a time.

With the resumption of #DubaiMetro trips, #RTA has issued new preventive measures in the station, including restricting the number of elevator use to two people per elevator. #YourSafetyOurPriority

— RTA (@rta_dubai) May 15, 2020

The guidelines aim to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 in the emirate.

Previously, the RTA announced that all public transport users have to wear face masks and maintain a strict social distance of two meters at all times. Gloves, however, are not compulsory but hand sanitizers are to be carried at all times.

As fewer people are allowed to travel on the Dubai Metro and the Dubai Tram at one time, the RTA has advised all passengers to arrive 30 minutes before they intended to board the Dubai Tram or Metro.

In line with the decisions to allow people to leave home and commute on #DubaiMetro, #DubaiTram, and #DubaiBus again; follow these guidelines by #RTA, to preserve your health and the health of those around you.#we_are_all_responsible

— RTA (@rta_dubai) May 13, 2020

The new public transport rules come after the Department of Economic Development in Dubai released the reopening plans for malls and offices in Dubai, post-Ramadan.

If you haven't read the reopening plans yet, here's what you need to know.

Reopening Plan for Dubai Malls Post Ramadan: