Al Ras district, Dubai.


Lockdown of Al Ras in Dubai over Covid-19 pandemic


DUBAI – Authorities have imposed a lockdown of Dubai’s populated Al Ras District as part of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19.

Al Ras is one of Dubai’s oldest business districts where the popular Gold Souq and Spice Souq are located. The lockdown began on Tuesday (March 31).

The Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said that movement in the district will be restricted until April 14 to undergo intensified disinfection measures.

Shops and establishments have been ordered shut down and residents are not allowed to leave their homes, while non-residents are not allowed to enter the area during the two-week period.

With public movement restrictions in place 24/7, teams from the Dubai Health Authority will provide essential supplies to residents of the area during the two-week sanitation campaign.

Roads in and leading to the area have also been closed, including Al Khaleej Road, Baniyas Road and Al Musalla Road.

Dubai Metro and bus services to the area have been suspended, with Al Ras, Palm Deira and Baniyas Square stations closed.

Bus services to Baniyas area will be diverted to Al Musalla, Al Khaleej and Omar Bin Al Khattab. Taxi movement in the area is also restricted. ICA/Expat Media

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