Dubai opens new drive-through coronavirus testing centre

New centre at Al Nasr Club can conduct more than 250 tests per day

Dubai opens new drive-through coronavirus testing centre

As the country continues to work day and night to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Dubai Health Authority has expanded the UAE’s scheme of drive-through testing centres with the addition of a new location for citizens and residents to get tested for the virus.

With move permits required for any activities being undertaken outside the home (find out how to get yours here), the public is being urged to take every precaution possible and avoid all non-essential travel. If you do need to get tested, the new centre at the Al Nasr Club is now open, and is able to conduct more than 250 tests per day.

The centre, near Oud Metha, is open every day from 8am until 6.30pm for all residents – the test takes just five minutes to conduct and is completely free of charge. Results are available 48 hours after testing has been conducted.

To book an appointment for testing, call the DHA on 800 342. You’ll receive a text message to confirm your booking, which should be presented alongside your Emirates ID.

The Dubai Health Authority also advises that, as with any other essential purpose, you’ll need to register for a permit to leave home to take the test. You’ll also need to take additional precautions including wearing a face mask and gloves, while no more than three passengers are permitted inside a vehicle when conducting test – three is the limit.

“People are advised to show the appointment confirmation text message if stopped by the police,” a statement from Dubai Media Office reads. “If flashed by a radar, the text message confirmation can be used as proof for a valid reason for leaving the house.”
For more information, call 800 342.

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