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Movement restriction in Dubai to begin from today

21 May 2020

Beginning today, the UAE will begin movement restrictions from 8pm until 6am daily, across all emirates in the UAE. This is as per the change in timings announced by the authorities for national sterilisation programme.

The said timings will remain effective until further notice.

Despite changes in movement restrictions, a Dubai Police said that the permit website continues to remain operational for medical emergency cases.

“The permits and the hotline are still operating. We urge people to cooperate with the concerned authority by following precautionary measures. We have witnessed excellent cooperation from the public in following these instructions and helping those at the frontline,” a Police official said.

The official urged people to ensure that they get their groceries and other necessities before restriction hours.

The Dubai Police permit website clearly states that after 8pm all permits will automatically be rejected except permits for medical emergencies.

The website has been functional ever-since the 24 hours movement restrictions were announced, which was later relaxed at the onset of Ramadan. However, most permits have been rejected unless they are for medical emergencies. This is because the online system asks residents to state the reason for stepping out of home, even in cases of emergency.

Those caught violating the movement restriction will be fined Dh.3000 during sterilisation period. It also asks people to fill in details like nationality, nature of job, ID number, phone number, and car license plate number when driving, and the mode of transport being used.

The Dubai Police has urged residents to dial the permit hotline 800 737648 or call 901 for non-emergency enquiries.

There is a one-hour difference between the metro operation timing (7am to 9pm) and the national disinfection timing (8pm to 6am) to ensure sufficient time for metro users to prevent overcrowding.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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