Doha: Exchange houses, engaged in remittances, currency exchange and related services, have revised working hours for the holy month of Ramadan.
They have decided to open from 9am until midnight.
Most exchange houses were until now opening their branches from 7.30-8am until 10-10.30pm.
The branches operating in shopping malls will remain open for longer hours.
“During Ramadan, our branches in malls will open at 9am and work until midnight while other branches will be open until 11pm,” said an official of UAE Exchange.
Exchange houses are expecting more business during the holy month as remittances rise during this time. “During Ramadan, there is surge in the number of transactions.
“We have seen around 10-15 percent rise in the number of transactions during the holy month compared to other months,” said Zuber Abdul Rahman, Operations Manager, Al Zaman Exchange.
Major rise is seen in remittances to Asian countries, according to exchange houses. “Remittances to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Egypt increase during the holy month,” Rahman added.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Health announced that the Medical Commission will receive visitors during Ramadan from 9am to 5.30pm from Sunday to Thursday.
The Primary Health Care Corporation announced revised working hours for health centres which will be open from 9am to 2pm from Sunday to Thursday and 4pm to 1am during the holy month.
Qatar Exchange announced that its working hours will not change during Ramadan. Trading hours will be from 9.30am to 1.15pm from Sunday to Thursday. Normal working hours will be from 8.30am to 1.30pm.