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Business hours

Opening and closing times can be erratic, but you can rely on most businesses closing Thursday afternoons and Friday (the Iranian weekend). During summer, many businesses close during the hot afternoons, from about noon until about 4pm; along the blistering Persian Gulf coast, doors stay shut until about 5pm. The most likely time to find anything open is between 9am and noon, daily except Friday. In this book hours will accord (more or less) with the following list unless stated otherwise.

Airline offices Open 9am to 4pm, Saturday to Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

Banks Open 7.30am to 1.30pm Saturday to Wednesday, 7.30am to 12.30pm Thursday.

Government offices Open offices 8am to 2pm Saturday to Wednesday, 8am to noon Thursday.

Museums Tend to open 8.30am to 6pm summer, 4pm or 5pm winter, with one day off, usually Monday or Tuesday.

Post offices Generally 7.30am to 3pm Saturday to Thursday, some main offices open later.

Private businesses Conduct business 8am or 9am to 5pm or 6pm Saturday to Wednesday, until noon Thursday.

Restaurants Offer lunch noon to 3pm, dinner 6pm or 7pm to 11pm, or whenever the last diner leaves.

Telephone offices Operate 8am to 8pm or 9pm; earlier in small towns.

Travel agencies Generally 7.30am to 5pm or 6pm Saturday to Thursday, 7.30am to noon Friday.

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