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Dubai COVID-19 Center Is Now Providing Testing To Nationals & Expats For Free

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Dubai COVID-19 Center Is Now Providing Testing To Nationals & Expats For Free

The UAE has been taking remarkable measures in fighting off the virus by testing people as quick and effective as they can. Last month, Abu Dhabi even launched a drive through COVID-19 testing center and after its huge contributions, another is now open at the city’s Al Nasr Club.

The Dubai Health Authority announced the drive through test center, in an attempt to follow in the same successful steps of Abu Dhabi’s.

The COVID-19 test center is open every day from 8 A.M to  6 P.M and tests are available for free for both nationals and expats and they only take 5 minutes. Results are then sent to the patients within 48 hours.

The drive through test centers are a very effective way of testing the virus, as they ensure minimal contact between patients.

Since more than 250 tests are carried out daily, priorities for testing is given to the elderly, pregnant women, those with existing chronic health conditions and those who experience symptoms of the contagion.

You can book your appointment by calling the Dubai Health Authority on 800342 and register. Once you do that, a confirmation message with your appointment is sent to you via a text message.

When you arrive at the test center, you must present this text along with your Emirates ID before the medical staff verify information and approach your car to obtain a nasal swab

Results can be sent on the DHA’s app.

 

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Dubai Reopens Beaches And Major Parks This Friday

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Dubai Municipality announced on Thursday night that several beaches, major parks and the Dubai Frame will all reopen on Friday for Visitors.

Following a complete lockdown that lasted for months, the public can now finally enjoy visiting JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches.

Major parks and the Dubai Frame will also be open from Friday onwards.

There are of course some rules that the public must abide by for their own safety, the municipality asked ‘all to adhere to the public safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health & safety of all.”

Precautionary measures include visitors to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. No masks are necessary while in the water.

Gloves are not necessary in open beaches, however they must be worn in parks and closed areas such as the Dubai Frame and Ski Dubai.

According to Dubai Municipality’s contact centre, children under the age of 12 and adults above 60 are allowed on the beaches and parks.

It was also announced last night that Dubai’s museums will reopen in a phased manner, starting from Monday, June 1.

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Gyms, Cinemas, Businesses and More to Reopen in Dubai

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Shout out to Dubai residents, we know that the lockdown is driving you insane but we have got some exciting news for you!

Dubai is expected to reopen gyms, cinemas and other businesses as of this Wednesday, in light of its efforts to ease the restrictions that have been imposed amidst the spread of coronavirus.

Nightly restrictions will be pushed back from 8pm to 11pm and be lifted at 6am each morning.

Besides gyms, sports academies and fitness clubs, as well as cinemas will also be reopened with continued social distancing and regular disinfection.

However, gyms will have to operate at 50 per cent of capacity, require the wearing of masks at all times and must install plastic dividers between machines, while changing facilities will remain closed.

Entertainment and leisure attractions, such as Dubai Ice Rink, will reopen.

According to a protocol update by Dubai Economy, offices in Dubai can start working normal operating hours with an increased occupancy ceiling of 50 per cent in common areas and within the premises.

The announcement was made at a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

“Everyone is responsible,” Sheikh Hamdan reminded the public, in a news release on Monday night.

“What makes us different is our ability to deal positively with changes and our agility,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

“We have all the elements necessary to adapt to these challenging circumstances.

“I am confident that all members of the society will come together to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.” He added.

Let us all abide to the safety measures and hope that together, we can get through this.

 

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UAE Launches Home Testing Program For ‘People of Determination’

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UAE Launches Home Testing Program For ‘People of Determination’

Thinking of all its residents and putting their needs ahead, the UAE has launched a coronavirus home testing program for “people of determination.”

People of determination is the term that the UAE uses for those with disabilities and such a heartfelt program is exactly what they needed.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan made the announcement on his official Twitter account on Sunday.

“As the UAE continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I applaud today’s launch of the National Home Testing Program for People of Determination,” the crown prince said in a tweet. “It is essential that the UAE continues to ensure all segments of the community have adequate access to testing facilities.”

Specialized teams will be implementing the program in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organization’s, official WAM news agency reported.

“This step aims to facilitate preventative measures and access to all members of society,” according to WAM.

According to Health Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Owais, over half a million screenings have been completed in the last few weeks using the 13 mobile testing sites that just recently launched. The minister also expects that the test number will double in the upcoming few weeks.

“The health and safety of the citizens and residents is a priority,” he said. “It is a national responsibility that we all share.”

 

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