New UAE weekend: Peak timings for taxi fares revised in Dubai

The RTA made the adjustment of peak times in accordance with the decision to change the days of the weekend


Waheed Abbas

Published: Mon 31 Jan 2022, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Mon 31 Jan 2022, 2:06 PM

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the adjusted peak timings for the taxi fare in the Emirate due to changes in the weekend.

“RTA would like to inform you about the adjustment of peak times for taxis in Dubai in accordance with the decision to change the days of the weekend. You can book online during the mentioned times for an easy and comfortable journey,” it said in a tweet on Monday.

Starting January 1, 2022, the UAE changed its workweek from Sunday-Thursday to Monday-Friday(half day) in line with most of the other countries around the world. This rule was applicable at both the federal and the local levels of each Emirate.

As a result of the change in the weekend, public sector entities revised their service timings and charges in line with the demand for their services from the public.

The Roads and Transport Authority announced that Dh12 fare will be applicable from 8am to 10am and 4pm to 8pm during Monday till Thursday.

On Fridays, the peak fare will apply from 8am till 10am and 4pm till 12pm. On Saturday-Sunday weekend, peak hours are from 4pm to 12 pm.

Peak hours are generally when there is a strong demand and a lot of people are booking taxis and the fare starts from Dh12.

During off-peak hours, there is a less demand for taxi in the Emirate, thus the fare starts from as low as Dh5. But for people taking a taxi from the airport or Port Rashid, the fare is between Dh20 and Dh25, depending on the type of taxi.


Riders can settle the fares by cash, credit card, NOL card, Careem application, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay.

With the change in the weekend, RTA earlier announced that Red and Green Lines would operate from Monday to Thursday from 5am to 1.15am. The Metro lines shall operate from 5am to 2.15am on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the metro will be in service from 8am to 1.15am. While service hours for tram are from Monday to Saturday from 6am to 1am. On Sundays, the tram is in service from 9am to 1am. And parking is free on Fridays and public holidays.

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