In a bid to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that its fleet of thousands of Dubai Taxis will be retrofitted with sealed isolation sheets, designed to create a safe, transparent partition between driver and passengers.
Should you be getting a Dubai Taxi any time soon (and don’t forget, you’ll need a permit to do so), you’ll notice that taxis have now been fitted with a clear partition, which begins behind the rubber lining of the rear passenger doorframe, and stretches all the way across the top, sealed to the roof of the car.
A video from Dubai Media Office demonstrates the process of an isolator being installed, and shows how payments can be conducted. A small flap in the middle of the divider allows for a contactless bank or nol card to be passed between passenger and taxi driver.
The news comes as the National Disinfection Programme remains ongoing 24 hours a day, requiring Dubai residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary – permits are available and quickly approved for visits to the supermarket, pharmacy or hospital. Supermarkets and pharmacies will continue to operate, while food and medicine deliveries may also continue as normal.
For more information and to apply for a permit visit dxbpermit.gov.ae or call (800 737 648).