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Metro and Bus rides to get expensive in Dubai

Metro and Bus rides to get expensive in Dubai

Now public transport commuters travelling inside Central Business Districts (CBD) have to pay extra, as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has realigned mobility zones in Dubai.

With the launch of the Green Line, which runs through the heart of CBD, less than a month away, the expansion of zones from five to seven, metro and bus fares for travelling in the area would be affected.

The expansion has seen a division of the CBD into two zones as Satwa, Karama and Bur Dubai, which used to be part of Zone Five have been carved into a new zone, which means travelling between Bur Dubai and Gold Souq in Deira which was earlier in the same zone and cost Dh1.80, would now cost more.

One apparent benefit commuters would have of the realignment is that areas of Muhaisana and Mirdiff which were earlier divided into two zones would now come under one single Zone Four.

The basic fare for travelling on the Metro as well as buses remains the same.

A short journey not exceeding three kilometres will continue to cost Dh1.80, while travel within the same zone but exceeding three kilometres would cost Dh2.30. A journey between two zones would continue to cost Dh4.10 and beyond two zones would be Dh5.80.

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Dubai Health Authority to open visa medical fitness centre in Karama soon

Dubai Health AuthorityThe Dubai Health Authority (DHA) plans to open new visa medical fitness centres including one in Karama soon to meet the huge demand.

Recently opened centers include one in Al Quoz 3 for visa renewals and a new women-only wing in Al Muhaisnah, which is open 24 hours.

Earlier, expatriates had complained that tokens run out within minutes of standing in the queue. The tokens allow the various stages of getting the papers processed.

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Dubai Municipality drive against illegal posters

Dubai Wall PosterIf you are an employer looking to fill a vacancy, or a real estate agent eager to rent out a shared bed or studio somewhere in Dubai, without paying the cost of a newspaper classified ad, walls are your best bet. A walk around the neighborhoods of Deira, Bur Dubai, Karama and Satwa reveal posters, pamphlets and handwritten notes pasted on building walls, lamp posts and even temporary pavement boards, offering jobs and accommodations.

However, those looking for such free lunches have to be careful now as residents caught sticking advertisement posters on walls in public places will face a Dh200 fine as part of a new campaign by Dubai Municipality to clean up the emirate.

Hundreds of volunteers and officials from Dubai Municipality took to the streets this morning to tear down flyers advertising everything from accommodation and job vacancies to massage centres.

The week-long campaign also aims to stop people sticking the posters up in the first place. Four teams of undercover inspectors will call the contact telephone numbers displayed on many of the posters, arrange to meet the person who answers and then issue a fine.

According to the National, Karama, Satwa, Deira and Al Qusais had been identified as areas with the highest density of posters and stickers.