Middle East

Public travel suspended in UAE


All public travel in the UAE, including the Dubai Metro, will be suspended from 8 pm on March 26 until 6 am on March 29. The stoppage is part of a National Sterilisation Programme, which will include all utilities, public transportation and metro services, according to a statement. During this period, traffic will be restricted countrywide and public transportation and metro services will be suspended.

The Ministries of Health and the Interior called upon the public to stay at home throughout the sterilisation period, and not to go out except to buy food and medicines or to work in vital sectors such as energy, communications, health, education, security and the police, military, postal, shipping, pharmaceuticals, water and food sector, civil aviation, airports, financial and banking, government media and the services sector, which includes gas stations and construction projects.

The ministries said food outlets, cooperative societies, groceries and supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate.