Dubai reopens skydiving, hotel beaches, public parks under strict guidelines

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Dubai, the most populous of the seven emirates that make up the UAE

As part of the review of precautionary measures to combat COVID-19 and ensure the highest possible safety and wellbeing for the community in Dubai, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management headed by Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved minor updates to protocols followed in the partial easing of restrictions on movement in the emirate, effective Tuesday 12 May, 2020.

Emirates will recommence key passenger services from next week.

Emirates is ramping up its operations, with news that the Dubai-based airline will be resuming some scheduled passenger flights from May 21.

Starting next week, Emirates will be flying to nine cities in eight countries, including connections from Australia to the UK, via Dubai.

Emirates will operate passenger services to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne, subject to government approval.

In terms of public transport, RTA Dubai’s tram and marine transport services including the Dubai ferry, water taxis, abras and car sharing services can also resume operations.

Authorities will be monitoring to make sure social distancing measures are adhered to at all times to further prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The Dubai Tram, marine transport and shared transport are the latest of the city’s transport links to reopen. Dubai Metro, buses and taxis have been operating almost as normal for the past few weeks.

As with all other Dubai transport, strict measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of all passengers and staff in these unprecedented times. This includes social distancing and wearing a face mask at all times.

It is obligatory to wear a face mask at all times in Dubai when outside your own home. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to Dhs1,000.

Marine transport will be operational from 8.30am to 9pm daily. Shared transport such as UDrive will resume, operating with 400 vehicles ‘per the highest precautionary measures’.


Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah Police have reopened driving institutions with strict guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The traffic departments had suspended driving lessons in March as part of the governments’ measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Lt. Col. Majid Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Deputy Director of The Department of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing at Sharjah Police, said the driver inspection department will begin to receive customers after the end of the Eid Al Fitr holidays, but not beyond 30 per cent of the capacity of the department.

Coronavirus test required

Lt Col Abdullah Hamid Al Matroushi, Deputy Director of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department, Ajman Police, said that from today, the initial drivers examination and city inspection service has been reintroduced with all preventive measures in place to ensure adequate social distance between the examiner and the client. “We will take all necessary measures to ensure safe and high quality of training by our trainers,” said Lt Col Al Nuaimi.

Dubai’s public parks

As of May 12, Dubai has announced a number of eased restrictions, including reopening of private beaches at hotels along with mall operating hours.

Now, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (SCCDM) has approved the reopening of public parks in Dubai.

The updates allows residents to enter public parks with strict enforcement of specific preventive measures. This includes making sure gatherings do not exceed five people.

Along with this, sports and recreational activities will now be permitted in open spaces for up to five people, including cycling, water sports and skydiving.

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