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Dubai Metro, all UAE public transport to be suspended for the weekend from 8pm on March 26
*Updated to include new timings


DUBAI – The Dubai Metro and all public transportation in Dubai and the rest of the UAE will be suspended starting on Thursday evening (March 26) and over the weekend as part of the National Disinfection Programme to combat the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19.

UPDATE: As of March 28, the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the Ministry of Interiorannounced that the National Disinfection campaign has been extended until April 5, with restrictions in public movement and traffic movement to remain daily from 8pm until 6am. 

The programme was originally scheduled to end at 6am on March 29.

The Dubai Police said that public transport services  will be suspended from 8pm to 6am daily during the sterilization campaign.

The sanitization program will cover all utilities, public transportation and metro services. During this period, traffic will be restricted countrywide and public transportation and metro services will be suspended.

An RTA representative told that public transport timings will be as follows:

Friday, March 27
Bus within Dubai: 6am to 8pm
Dubai Metro: 7am to 7pm
Inter-Emirate bus: suspended

Saturday, March 28
Bus within Dubai: 6am to 8pm
Dubai Metro: 7am to 7pm
Inter-Emirate bus: suspended

Sunday, March 29
Bus within Dubai: 6am to normal operating hours
Dubai Metro: 7am to normal operating hours
Inter-Emirate bus: 7am to normal operating hours

March 28 update: Please call 8009090 for further public transport timings 

Dubai taxis will operate “at limited capacity”, with bookings accepted through Careem app. Only individuals who need to work, buy food, go to the hospital or buy medicine are permitted to travel.

UAE restricts public movement

The UAE is restricting public and traffic movement starting at 8pm on Thursday (March 26) until 6am on March 29 as part of the National Disinfection Programme for public utilities and public transport.

The Ministry of Interior urged the public to “stay at home” during this period, and to only go out if they need to get essential supplies such as food and medicine or for medical reasons.  The Ministry of Interior said that those working in vital sectors will have their “personal or work identity checked and verified”.

New rules for Dubai public transport commuters

Meanwhile, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority said commuters using the Dubai Metro, buses, taxis and other public transport must wear face masks.

“The objective of these measures is to ensure healthy and safe transit services at the highest global standards and enforce social distancing among passengers,” the RTA said.

“RTA calls on public transport riders not to use public transport unless necessary; plan their journeys in advance to avoid peak hours, as delays are expected due to the new measures taken; and cooperate with the supervisors deployed at bus and metro stations or on board these modes,” the RTA added.

Here are the new rules for passengers:

All public transport

– All commuters to wear protective gear or face masks


– Maximum of two passengers allowed, both to sit apart behind the driver

Dubai Metro

– Passengers to sit at least one seat apart
– Passengers are only allowed to stand on sections marked with stickers

Public bus

– Only front door and side doors will open to regulate capacity
– Driver to manually control door opening and closing

Bus shelters

– Closed until further notice

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