New rules for Dubai public transport users.


Wear face masks when using Dubai Metro, bus and taxi, says RTA


DUBAI – Commuters using the Dubai Metro, buses, taxis and other public transport must wear face masks, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Wednesday (March 25).

The authority said that the new measure is part of the UAE’s efforts in combating the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19.

“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 authority 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 seated 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

On Wednesday morning, a long queue was seen at the Dubai Metro in Al Rigga as commuters were asked to practice social distancing. Many of the commuters were seen wearing face masks.

Public transport suspended this weekend

Meanwhile, the Dubai Metro, public buses and all  public transportation in the UAE will be suspended from 8pm on March 26 until 6am on March 29 as part of the National Sterilisation Programme, according to the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the Ministry of Interior.

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. ICA/Expat Media

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