The UAE has entered into its holiday season starting today. This time, Monday, January 1, 2024, is also a holiday, making it a total of three days of celebration. Following the announcement by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), New Year’s Day will be a paid holiday for all employees in the private sector in the UAE.
The decision for these official holidays for government and private sectors follows the UAE Cabinet’s resolution. The holiday comes after the weekend, providing three consecutive days off for employees in the private sector in the UAE as declared by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) for federal government institutions. UAE residents can expect at least 13 public holidays in 2024.
Increase in Taxi Fares:
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced an increase in the minimum fare for taxis in selected locations in Dubai on special days. The minimum fare in Dubai taxis, usually 12 Dirhams, will be increased to 20 Dirhams. The new flag fall rates (minimum fares) will be applicable for standard meter taxis and Hala taxi services at specific locations and times, as announced by RTA.
This increase in the minimum fare will be applicable at key event locations such as exhibitions, international conventions (World Trade Center, Expo City, Global Village), and during major events like New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. The flag fall rate is a fixed amount charged at the beginning of a taxi ride and is part of the total trip cost. Through this fare increase, RTA aims to improve and develop regular taxi services and e-hail rides, especially during major events like New Year’s celebrations, where there is a significant increase in demand for taxi services from residents and visitors, as informed by RTA.
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