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Dubai: Residents who wish to move during the sanitation-related restrictions must apply for a movement permit, it was announced on Sunday. Dubai Media Office unveiled the new online permit facility following Dubai's Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management decision.

Residents who wish to leave home for essential purchases or emergencies must register on the website.

The media authority explained: "However, with regard to the exempt sectors and their employees, registration is not required, but they must obtain a letter from the employer stating their movement to&from work. The paper has to be presented if stopped by authorities. It can also be used to waive violations by radar. "

In a statement, the Committee explained that only individuals registering on the website will be allowed to leave home.
Those found violating the movements restrictions will face stringent legal action, it added.

Hotline to verify rumours: 800 737648

The Committee further added that residents can use the hotline number, 800 737648 to verify rumours, in order to rule out potential misinformation.

The body urged people to rely only on official sources for information about the restrictions and not pay heed to un-verified information circulating on social media.

Vital sector workers need letters from employers

Here’s a list of these sectors, members of which are exempted from restrictions 24 hours a day:

- Healthcare services (Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies)
- Food supply outlets (Union Cooperative outlets, supermarkets, groceries)
- Delivery services (Food and medicine)
- Restaurants (operations limited to home deliveries only)
- Manufacturers of medicines and providers of healthcare and medical supplies
- Industrial sector (only vital industries)
- Industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities- Water and electricity sector, petrol and gas stations and district cooling services
- Telecommunications sector
- Media sector
- Airports, airlines, ports, shipping
- Customs duty and border crossings
- Public and private security services
- Municipality services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, sewage management and general cleaning and sanitation
- Private and government sector organisations involved in combating the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Public transport (buses and taxis only; metro and tram services will be suspended)
- Construction sector, subject to obtaining a permit from Dubai Municipality and the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs.


DUBAI: Dubai enforced the UAE's first full lockdown on a district housing the emirate's famous gold and spice markets on Tuesday, to disinfect the normally bustling tourist and trade area as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The United Arab Emirates has extended a daily overnight curfew for a nationwide disinfection drive to April 5, but Dubai announced late on Monday that a 24-hour curfew would be imposed on Al Ras district for two weeks starting Tuesday.

"I am glad they are doing this because it is for our protection," said one rice trader who works in Al Ras but resides in Sharjah emirate. The trader, who declined to be named, told Reuters he is now conducting his business online.

Dubai closed the main road entrances to Al Ras and halted public transport to the area, which abuts Dubai Creek, where dhow have been banned from transporting goods between Dubai and Iran, a regional epicentre for the virus.

Dubai Health Authority will provide essential supplies to Al Ras residents, Dubai Media Office tweeted.

The UAE has confirmed 611 coronavirus cases, with five deaths. The total number of infections in the six Gulf Arab states stands at more than 3,700, with 18 deaths.

The UAE plans to open drive-thru testing centres across the country, the region's business and tourism hub, after first was opened last week in the capital, Abu Dhabi.

"We will never hesitate to take any measures against any potential threat to people's life. At the same time, we won't let the development grind to a halt," Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nayhan, the country's de facto ruler, said in comments carried on state media.

In Kuwait, Health Minister Basil al-Sabah was quoted on Tuesday as saying a clearer picture would emerge by early June on the success of containment efforts. Kuwait was the first Gulf state to halt passenger flights and impose a partial curfew.

"If infection numbers stabilise, there may be a gradual easing of current measures," he told Al Rai newspaper. "But if the average rate of transmission increases then ... I do not rule out the cabinet enforcing a full curfew."

Kuwait has recorded 266 infections. Its larger neighbour, Saudi Arabia, has passed 1,400, with eight deaths.

Saudi media posted a video showing security forces deployed in a sealed-off district in Makkah. The kingdom has extended its first lockdown, in the eastern Qatif region, to several districts in some main cities and imposed a partial nationwide curfew.


Dubai: People leaving their homes during the daytime between 6am to 8pm in the UAE don’t need permits, officials have clarified.

The UAE Ministry of Interior said that ‘Tajawal’ service, a permit that provides essential travel around the country during the national disinfection programme, is only for people who go out between 8pm and 6am.

A Dubai Police official said that people who go out during the day are not required to register for the service.

“The permits are only during the national disinfection programme between 8pm to 6am,” said the official. “People can log in to the Ministry of Interior website or through the smart application to get the permit. During the day people don’t need the permit,” the official added.

However, the permit issued during the national sterlisation program needs to be renewed everyday.

The permit includes movement throughout the emirates and within the same emirate. For inquiries about the permit people can call ministry of interior on 8005000 or call Dubai Police on 901 for non-emergencies.

As per the new resolution issued by the UAE Attorney General, people violating the national disinfection Programme curfew, will be fined Dh3,000. Fine excludes individuals purchasing essentials and working in vital sectors.

Emirati lawyer Mohammad Al Redha, of Al Redha Advocates and Legal Consultants, told Gulf News that the new resolution issued by the UAE Attorney General highlighted two different fines for people defying government instructions both in curfew and non-curfew times.

“People leaving their homes during announced curfew times will get a fine of Dh3,000, unless it is a necessary matter or they are from vital sectors who are exempted from the curfew,” said Al Redha.

unless it is to go for work or to buy basic necessities. According to officials, the fine is for people who insist on going out for non-essential matters like going to the beach and parks or gatherings in public areas and hanging about aimlessly.

Al Redha said that a violation will be issued if the violator refuses to respond to warnings and directives issued by law enforcement officers of the competent federal and local bodies.


Green line stations Al Ras, Palm Deira and Baniyas Square shut as a health and safety precaution due to coronavirus.

Al Ras, Palm Deira and Baniyas Square Dubai Metro stations on the green line will be closed for two weeks from today amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

In a tweet, the RTA said the closures were being taken "in line with precautionary measures to ensure the highest levels of health and safety".

The announcement comes shortly after Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced increased restrictions on movement in the Al Ras area of Dubai for two weeks from Tuesday, March 31 to facilitate enhanced sterilisation procedures.

Dubai Health Authority teams will provide all essential supplies to the residents of the area during the two-week period, Dubai Police announced.


The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively.

Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, mortality from vaccine-preventable and other treatable conditions can also increase dramatically. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, the increased number of deaths caused by measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis attributable to health system failures exceeded deaths from Ebola [1,2].

“The best defense against any outbreak is a strong health system,” stressed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “COVID-19 is revealing how fragile many of the world’s health systems and services are, forcing countries to make difficult choices on how to best meet the needs of their people.”

To help countries navigate through these challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated operational planning guidelines in balancing the demands of responding directly to COVID-19 while maintaining essential health service delivery, and mitigating the risk of system collapse. This includes a set of targeted immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all.

Countries should identify essential services that will be prioritized in their efforts to maintain continuity of service delivery and make strategic shifts to ensure that increasingly limited resources provide maximum benefit for the population. They also need to comply with the highest standard in precautions, especially in hygiene practices, and the provision of adequate supplies including personal protective equipment This requires robust planning and coordinated actions between governments and health facilities and their managers.

Some examples of essential services include: routine vaccination; reproductive health services including care during pregnancy and childbirth; care of young infants and older adults; management of mental health conditions as well as noncommunicable diseases and infectious diseases like HIV, malaria and TB; critical inpatient therapies; management of emergency health conditions; auxiliary services like basic diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and blood bank services, among others.

Well-organized and prepared health systems can continue to provide equitable access to essential service delivery throughout an emergency, limiting direct mortality and avoiding increased indirect mortality.

The guidelines stress the importance of keeping up-to-date information. This requires frequent transparent communications with the public, and strong community engagements so the public can maintain trust in the system to safely meet their essential needs and to control infection risk in health facilities. This will help ensure that people continue to seek care when appropriate, and adhere to public health advice.









129 Municipality sites, buildings and 23 public areas disinfected.

Dubai Municipality continued its operations, on Saturday, to sterilise 129 of its sites and buildings and 23 public areas in the emirate, in cooperation with strategic partners, as part of the ongoing national sterilisation programme.

Aimed at disinfecting public facilities and areas, the sterilisation operations feature advanced devices and technologies in accordance with international best practices.

The Dubai Municipality campaign is being conducted within the framework of preventive efforts aimed at ensuring the health and safety of all members of society. The programme, which started on Thursday, forms part of efforts undertaken by institutions and bodies in the country to ensure the highest levels of protection and prevention in the community.

Dubai Municipality is using drones in conducting the procedures, which enhance the speed and efficiency of the sterilisation operations.

Specialised teams have deployed advanced vehicles and equipment for spraying and disinfection, including spraying devices on vehicles that compress disinfection fluid into small particles, portable sprays that operate with hydraulic retail power, and spray and fumigation machines.

All sanitation products used were approved by the Municipality. They were evaluated to verify their effectiveness and registered in the 'Montaji' smart app approved by the World Health Organization.


The world is going through tough times, battling the coronavirus outbreak, an invisible ferocious enemy that has affected all aspects of life, including the media. Right from day one, the UAE has been taking all the right measures to contain the spread.

In Gulf News, we have been taking necessary measures to help national efforts. And in compliance with the authorities’ decision to limit the printing and distribution of newspapers and printed material, which takes effect today, we have limited our distribution to our subscribers and major sales outlets as stipulated by the government’s decision.

Newspapers are an important part of the efforts to confront the virus by providing reliable, updated news and information and spreading awareness. We will continue to do our part and service to the nation and to the hundreds of thousands of our print edition readers and the millions who follow us on digital platforms. We are committed to serve the nation with the highest standards of journalism and helping the collective efforts to keep this country safe.

Therefore, we continue to do our job while taking into great consideration the safety of our print readers and subscribers. Thus, as you have noticed, we deliver the newspaper in a polybag wrap to minimise any potential risk to you and your family. Our printing press is completely automated with the least human intervention. Gulf News is printed, packaged and carried to the trucks by robots. You can count on us in these testing times in keeping you not only informed but also safe.

And we count on you to help the UAE’s efforts in containing the virus by staying home and exercising social distancing. The authorities have urged all to stay indoors to mitigate the risk. We plead with you to heed this precious advice. These tough times will pass. The UAE government has assured everyone that all necessary measures are being taken. Food and medicine supplies are sufficiently available. There is no need to panic. In these times, we all need to remain calm, cooperate with the relevant authorities and stay at home.


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