Dubai buses free to use for essential workers, taxis half-price

Public transport advice as Dubai Metro closes for the next two weeks

Dubai buses free to use for essential workers, taxis half-price

Following the announcement that the UAE's National Disinfection Programme is to remain in place 24 hours a day for the next two weeks, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that the Dubai Bus network will be free-to-use for essential workers.

The RTA confirmed that during the sterilisation programme, which has been extended in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, public bus services will be free of charge for those who have been permitted to leave their homes.

While the Dubai Metro has been suspended round the clock on both the Red and Green lines for the foreseeable future, and Dubai Tram services suspended too, the RTA has confirmed that Dubai Taxi "vehicles and franchised taxis" will be running at half-price for those whose work is considered essential, like medical professionals, pharmacy workers and those in the food industry.

Click here for the full list of industries with exemptions for individuals permitted to leave their home.

Buses will, however, be operating a revised schedule on a daily basis, with all bus services suspended between 8pm and 6am daily, with the exception of 13 routes serving 19 public and private hospitals.

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