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UAE desert area banned for visitors after accident kills one in Sharjah

Sharjah Police has banned the public from the Al Faya dunes in the emirate after an off-roading accident killed an Asian youth on Friday (November 17).

According to the General Command of Sharjah Police, the closure of Al Faya dunes is a response to the public’s lack of compliance to security rules. Authorities have repeatedly warned drivers against performing reckless stunts in the desert.

“Many members of the public go to desert areas during the holidays to enjoy the rainy weather, and among them are young people who enjoy riding sand hills, who engage in wrong practices in these areas, which leads to… many accidents and puts their lives and the lives of others at risk,” said Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police.

On Friday, an Asian youth was killed and another person was injured after an off-roading accident in the Al Faya desert.

Sharjah Police has officially closed the Al Faya desert to the public following the incident, and urged residents to avoid illegal off-roading activities. The police force also urged the public to report violators by calling the hotline 999. ICA/Expat Media

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