Uzbekistan, different from some other countries has only one standard timing zone - GMT +5 hours. Generally the country has 6 working day week and only Sunday is accepted as weekend. This regulation is proper for all local and governmental businesses except from Banks. Most of the international companies also follow the 5 working day regulations.
Uzbekistan opening hours. When do the businesses, museums open in Uzbekistan
The main private Uzbek companies are open from 09:00 to 18:00 and the lunchtime is from 13:00 to 14:00.The working days are from Monday to Saturday. The working hours in governmental organizations of Uzbekistan may sometimes depend on the season of the year and on each organization. While schools and colleges have the right to choose the working hours individually, hospitals and some drugstores are open 24/7. Most of the monuments of the country are open from 9 am to 6 pm except from some museums in Tashkent and in Nukus which close at 5 pm. Besides, during the peak travel season (April, May, September, October) the attractions and monument in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva can be open until 8 pm (depends on each city and monument). Roughly the working hours in Uzbekistan are from 9am to 6 pm.
Airports and Train Station are open all days round. The public transport (bus, metro…) is available from 6:30 to 23:00. Nearly all cities have a good number of drugstores which are open 24/7. Grocery stores stay open from 08:00 to 21:00 and the restaurants from 10:00 to 23:00, sometimes until midnight. In each city there are several stores which are open 24/7.
Are the Businesses open on Friday in Uzbekistan
Even if majority of Uzbeks are Muslims on Friday all businesses stay open. Having lived under Soviet rules for nearly a century, Uzbekistan and its population is not religious. On Fridays only a few people; mostly retired, go to Mosques for doing their main prayer of the week.
Business hours in Uzbekistan during Ramadan
Does the Ramadan have any impact on your travel in Uzbekistan? The answer is yes and no. You can see the difference only in a few small teahouses which can reduce the number of food on their menu. But the bigger restaurants, hospitals, banks, museums, monuments will be open as long as any other working day in Uzbekistan.
There are a few days in Uzbekistan when some businesses and services can be closed. The main holidays of Uzbekistan are:
1. January 1 - the New Year
2. March 8 - International Women's Day
3. March 21 - the Navruz Day
4. May 9 - the Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the World War II
5. September 1 - the Independence Day
6. December 8 - The Constitution Day