Bus services between Dubai and Abu Dhabi resume

Bus services between Dubai and Abu Dhabi resume

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The public bus service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi has resumed for the first time in more than a year.

The E101 service will run from Ibn Battuta near Jebel Ali to Abu Dhabi’s central bus station.

It was suspended in April 2020 as Covid-19 numbers increased and public health restrictions were imposed.

Police checks at the border between the two emirates, on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi side, remain in place. People are required to show they are negative for coronavirus.

Passengers must show their status on the Al Hosn app at the station before entering the bus.

Police will also conduct onboard checks of each person’s Al Hosn app when they reach the border checkpoint from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to make sure they are negative for Covid-19.

Passengers entering Abu Dhabi must have green status on the Al Hosn app. That means vaccinated people must show green status on the Al Hosn App, as designated by the letter E or Star. A weekly PCR test is required for this.

Unvaccinated people will be allowed to enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours of receiving their Covid-19 test result.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority announced the decision on Monday, in co-ordination with Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Centre.

Adel Shakri, director of planning and business development at RTA, said: “This route is critical to the integration of mass transit between the two emirates and the smooth movement of passengers.

“RTA stresses the importance of complying with all the applicable precautionary measures, such as physical distancing and wearing of masks to curb the spread of the Covid-19.”