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The decision follows an announcement made by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in coordination with the Command and Control Centre for Combating COVID-19, to extend the sterilisation programme to 24 hours a day for a period of two weeks across all areas and communities in the emirate as part of enhanced preventive measures in the community. The two-week period is subject to renewal.
RTA said metro and tram services will be suspended during the sterilisation period. The Authority further said it seeks to provide extensive support to community members during this challenging period and stressed that everyone’s cooperation is critical to combat the pandemic.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said the decision reflects RTA’s commitment to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide the greatest possible support to all members of the community during this sensitive period. “The measures aim to help members of the public who need to leave their homes for essential purposes and those who work in vital sectors. The decision underscores the RTA’s commitment to support the efforts made by Dubai and the UAE to combat the novel coronavirus and reduce the risk of its spread to the minimum.”
RTA has taken several preventive measures over the last few weeks to ensure the highest standards of safety and protection. Measures taken to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community have included continuous sterilisation and cleaning as well as enforcement of social distancing on public transport, among others.
The agreement provides for DTC to exclusively deliver transit services to Global Village visitors, be it a regular taxi, family taxi, limo, Amira limo, convertible limo, and limo bike.
The step is part of a 5-year plan for the improvement of metro and marine transport stations and their surroundings to enhance multi-modal transit integration
RTA adds Braille signage, specially built toilets and counters, use of microphones at the reception desks for people with hearing impairments and docking stations for charging electric wheelchairs at bus stations for people of Determination.
Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.