Parks in Dubai are to reopen in a three-phase plan

The first to open including Zabeel, Al Safa, Al Barsha South and Nad Al Sheba-2 parks

Parks in Dubai are to reopen in a three-phase plan

Public parks in Dubai are starting to reopen, with a three-phase strategy announced today (Saturday May 16).

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said that it had “decided to restart public parks and recreational facilities in Dubai through gradual and successive stages, with careful monitoring and follow-up of developments”.

He added that park services will be “restored in cooperation and coordination with the Municipality’s partners and stakeholders and the relevant authorities after studying the relevant data and new developments regarding Corona Virus as well as the instructions and decisions of Dubai Health Authority and the Crisis and Disasters Management Authority”.

Last week (Tuesday May 12) the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (SCCDM) approved a number of eased restrictions, including reopening of private beaches at hotels along with mall operating hours and the reopening of parks

The updates allow residents to enter public parks with strict enforcement of specific preventive measures. This includes making sure gatherings do not exceed five people.

Al Hajri today stated that the first phase started on Tuesday May 12 and will run until Monday May 18. It will include the opening of the external tracks and family squares including Zabeel, Al Safa, Al Barsha South, Al Sufouh, Al Mankhool, Al Liseily, Nad Al Sheba-2 parks, as well as Nad Al Sheba-4 Park, Al Worood in Nad Al Sheba-4, Al Twar 2 and 3 parks, and the Mosque Park, in addition to Al Mizhar-1, 2 and 4, Al Qusais 2 and 3, Nadd Al Hamr and the Al Warqaa-2 parks. The first phase also includes the opening of 72 family squares, he added.

A second stage will start on Monday May 18 and will include the opening of 70 parks, including neighbourhood and pond parks.

“The third phase that begins on the 25th of this month includes the Mushrif, Al Mamzar, Al Khor, Zabeel and Al Safa parks. At this phase there will be complete readiness at the highest level for the rescue team and the operational plan,” he added.

He added that “the benefits from the phased implementation of the flexible operation are: the ability to continuously measure and assess the situation, the ability to follow-up, control and rapidly respond to changes, the application of preventive requirements and measures before restarting, along with the sustainability of the gains from each stage, and the ability to achieve the levels of happiness of visitors, citizens and residents, and reducing the risk levels of infection from the sudden and heavy operation of parks and recreational facilities”.

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