Al Ras restricted, DHA to supply essentials

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 31 March 2020: Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management yesterday announced that heightened restrictions throughout the day on the movement of people and traffic will be enforced in the Al Ras area of Dubai to facilitate intensified sterilisation procedures.

The restrictions, which will be effective from the morning of Tuesday 31 March, will last for the next two weeks.

The General Command of Dubai Police confirmed that teams from the Dubai Health Authority will provide all essential supplies to the residents of the area during the two-week period.

The decision to put in place heightened restrictions was taken due to the high density of population in the area, with the goal of safeguarding the health and safety of residents and to implement the highest level of preventive measures, said Wam.

The safety and security of all citizens and residents remains the highest priority of authorities in this period. Dubai Police urged all stakeholders and entities to work with the highest professionalism to ensure effective preventive measures are implemented and the wellbeing of the area’s residents is guaranteed during the period in which the restrictions will be in place.

Abide by all instructions

The General Command of Dubai Police also appealed to the public to cooperate fully with the authorities and abide by all instructions to ensure the preventive measures implemented during the two-week period are a success. People who are not residents of Al Ras are prohibited from travelling to the area during the period, it said.

Further to the announcement of restrictions, Dubai’s Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) announced a comprehensive plan to manage traffic and public transport modes in the Al Ras area.

The plan includes the closure of entrances leading to the area from three main roads and interchanges: Al Musalla, Al Khaleej, and Baniyas Streets. The plan also includes the closure of three stations on the metro green line: Al Ras, Palm Deira and Baniyas Square. The metro will pass through the area without stopping at these stations.

Additionally, as per the plan, all bus routes to Baniyas area will be diverted to Al Musalla, Al Khaleej and Omar Bin Al Khattab streets, and all taxi movement to the area will be restricted.

Dubai establishes disease control centre

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued Executive Council ‘s Resolution No 18 of 2020 establishing the Center for Coronavirus Control under the chairmanship of Dr Amer Ahmed Al Sharif.

The newly established centre includes representatives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention and a number of relevant authorities in the emirate.

It will be mandated to prepare strategic plans and recommendations to combat pandemics, including Covid-19 and develop rapid intervention plans in coordination with competent bodies at the public and private sectors.



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