Passengers wishing to travel via public transport in Dubai this week will have to make a note of new timings across the metro, tram and buses.
In light of the continuing National Disinfection Programme – which has been extended and now runs from 8pm until 6am daily until Sunday April 5 – Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced new timings.
Public transport will only run between 7am until 7pm, with specific timings also being announced.
The move comes as part of the National Disinfection Programme jointly undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior in response to the COVID-19 corona virus.
On the Dubai Metro the last journey for the Red Line will leave Rashidiya Station to UAE exchange station, and vice versa, at 6.02pm.
On the Green Line the last trains will go from Creek Station to Etisalat Station at 6.13pm and from Etisalat Station to Creek Station at 6.17pm.
The Dubai Tram will run from 7am until 7pm daily.
Following the implementation of the "National Sterilisation Programme," #RTA has specified the #DubaiTram operation hours daily from 7 AM to 7 PM, to ensure everyone's safety. #WeAreCommitted #StayHome pic.twitter.com/BPtm5i3KtE— RTA (@rta_dubai) March 29, 2020
Meanwhile all marine transport services including abras, ferries and water taxis have been suspended until April 30.
All modes of RTA #MarineTransport will be suspended for one month effective today (extendable), in line with the duty of care measures being adopted for your safety. #YourSafetyOurPriority pic.twitter.com/h7vZumAKhn— RTA (@rta_dubai) March 29, 2020
The last intercity bus to Abu Dhabi and Fujairah will leave at 4pm, while it’s 5pm for Ajman and Sharjah.
Careem and Uber will be available during the National Disinfection Programme hours, as will a fleet of buses across 13 routes, namely routes 8, 10, 12, A13, 17, 24, C01, C07, F18, F21, F34, F43 and X23 every 30 minutes, serving 19 hospitals.
During the hours of implementing the “National Sterilisation Programme,” from 8 PM until 6 AM (the next day), there will be limited bus and taxi services. For essential trips, you can book taxis on Careem and Uber or use buses to reach 19 hospitals in Dubai. #StayHome pic.twitter.com/bQxKqwcOIX— RTA (@rta_dubai) March 29, 2020
However, between 8pm and 6am everyone is urged to stay at home, unless it’s “absolutely necessary” to go out to get essential supplies or if you work in vital sectors, and then ID will be checked.
If you need to be out of the house during 8pm and 6am any time until Sunday April 5 at 6am, visit www.move.gov.ae to apply for a permit.
Last week the RTA announced new guidelines on social distancing for public transport, which include leaving a seat between passengers on the metro and not having more than two passengers in a taxi.
The RTA added that timings would be restored after the programme ends.
Full operational timetables will be restored by the end of the National Disinfection Programme. RTA also announced ceasing all marine transport services including Abras, Ferry and Water Taxi, until 30th April 2020 as part of the precautionary measures taken.— RTA (@rta_dubai) March 29, 2020
As part of the National Sterilisation Programme the RTA has sterlised of all 47 Dubai Metro stations, 79 metro trains, 11 tram stations and 11 Dubai Trams. To watch the UAE’s National Disinfection Programme click here.