CAIRO: Cairo Metro will operate for 21 hours a day in Ramadan from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. instead of 20 hours, Youm7 reported Friday.
Seven more air-conditioned carriages will operate during the holy month as part of a deal with Korean company Hyudai Rotem to export 20 air-conditioned passenger cars to Egypt to be included in Line 1, a source at the Metro company told Youm7. Thirteen of such cars are now serving.
Cairo metro, with its three lines covering over 75 kilometers (48 miles), carries approximately 4 million passengers a day.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days widely used in the Islamic world. Ramadan, scheduled to start on June 6, falls 10 days earlier every solar year. According to Islamic history, it is the month when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
During the 29-30 days of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from sunrise to sunset. The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics announced that Muslims will fast for around 16 hours this Ramadan.
Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of five pillars upon which Islam is based. It usually witnesses a notable increase in religious observance among Muslims worldwide.