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Coronavirus: Dubai's Al Ras area placed in total lockdown

Densely populated Al Ras area of emirate to be subject to two-week intensified sterilisation works

Coronavirus: Dubai's Al Ras area placed in total lockdown

Al Ras, which is one of the oldest communities in Deira, borders Dubai Creek and is home to the traditional Gold and Spice Souks. Image: ITP Media Group

The Al Ras area of Dubai has been placed in complete lockdown for the next two weeks as part of intensified sterilised works to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced heightened restrictions throughout the day on the movement of people and traffic due to the high density of population in the area.

The General Command of Dubai Police has confirmed that teams from the Dubai Health Authority will provide all essential supplies to residents during the two-week period.

It added that people who are not residents of Al Ras are prohibited from travelling to the area.

As a result of the restrictions, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed a number of changes to routes around the area and regular services.

Entrances closed

All entrances leading to the area from the three main roads and interchanges, Al Musalla, Al Khaleej, and Baniyas Streets, are closed; three stations on the metro’s green line are also closed, Al Ras, Palm Deira and Baniyas Square – the metro will pass through without stopping at these stations.

Additionally all bus routes to Baniyas area will be diverted to Al Musalla, Al Khaleej and Omar Bin Al Khattab streets. All taxis to the area will be restricted.

Al Ras, which is one of the oldest communities in Deira, borders Dubai Creek and is home to the traditional Gold and Spice Souks.

The UAE has reported 611 cases of Covid-19 and five deaths as a result of coronavirus.

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