dubai mall open after coronavirus lock down

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.

dubai mall open after coronavirus lock down

Rains create havoc in Dubai

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Rain, thunder and hail storm are becoming a routine fixture for Dubai. Just last month there was strong rain fall in Dubai and UAE. Now, the residents of Dubai have experienced another burst of thunder with rains that are falling cats and dogs.

There were four deaths reported due to rain affected damages. Among other incidents, the Indian pavilion in Global Village collapsed, killing one and injuring many.

The heavy rains caused leaks in the Mall of the Emirates. The area around Ski Dubai was cordoned off and buckets placed to catch the drips.

At Dubai Mall, the car parks and taxi bays were still mostly in shallow water a day after the rains. A convenience store was closed after the plasterboard on its ceiling partly fell away.

Khaleej Times reported reported water-logging and flooding in some areas in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim that are close to seashore. Low lying parts of Al Quoz Industrial Area also had waterlogged roads.

The worst hit was Emirates Road, which saw a partial closure as several cars submerged in the floods.

Around 275 civic staff and more than 25 tankers with different capacities were involved in the operations, according to Abdul Latif Ali Al Jallaf, Head of Operations with Irrigation Maintenance Network Section of the Municipality.

The emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khamiah are also badly hurt by the rains.

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Taxi Drivers in Dubai offering Shared Trips to cover Daily Targets

Getting a taxi in Dubai is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes you have run for a taxi, wave and shout like crazy and even pick a fight for it. But now things are changings. Recession has its effect on Taxi as people are preferring the bus or a walk to cut costs.

As Khaleej Times report, cabbies are now offering shared trips to the different parts of the city and to Sharjah. Taxi drivers said they were struggling to meet their daily targets since the beginning of December.

Many taxi drivers can today be seen calling passengers for shared trips and they say the residents prefer sharing fares.

Farooq Khan, a Pakistani driver, while calling passengers in Al Quoz for a trip to Sharjah, said, “There is no other way to meet the target of Dh370 a day. Since the beginning of December we have been struggling to meet the target. Now we are trying to find a solution and people like the idea of sharing taxis.”

“I take four passengers to and fro and the fares are shared. They are happy and so am I,” he said.

An illegal taxi driver in Al Quoz who did not wish to be named said, “We have big competition now. Dubai taxi drivers never called passengers in the past. Now they are also doing it.”

The RTA has set a fine of Dh5,000 on illegal taxis.