The UAE government has expanded its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 nationwide. The virus has now infected over 1.2 million people across the globe, of which 1,505 have been declared in the UAE.
For the first time since the launch of the Dubai Metro in 2009, the RTA has announced the suspension of the metro and tram services in conjunction with the 24 hour sterilisation drive which starts today, 5 April 2020 until further notice.
The public will no longer have access to both the red and green metro lines for the duration of two weeks; but will still have access to taxis with reduced fares of 50 per cent the normal rates. Public bus services on the 106 routes and those that serve both private and public hospitals will continue to operate for emergency purposes and is free for Nol cardholders.
These is good news, however. Dubai Taxi vehicles and franchised taxis will offer a 50 per cent discount on normal fares.
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