Authorities have resumed public bus services between Dubai and Abu Dhabi after more than a year of suspension due to COVID-19. As per an official announcement, the E101 service will operate from Ibn Battuta near Jebel Ali to Abu Dhabi's central bus station.
The bus service was halted by UAE authorities in April 2020 with the aim of curbing the spread of COVID-19.
According to protocols, police will continue to conduct regular checks at the border between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to ensure maximum safety of all passengers. People are required to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results in order to travel between the emirates. It is mandatory for passengers to show negative COVID-19 status on the Al Hosn app at the station before boarding the bus.
Police will be conducting onboard checks of each passenger's Al Hosn app as they arrive at the border checkpoint between the two emirates to ensure that they have a negative COVID-19 test result. It is important for vaccinated passengers seeking to enter Abu Dhabi to have green status on the Al Hosn app, as designated by the letter E or Star. People are required to take a weekly PCR test to maintain the green status on the app.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated passengers are allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi via bus within 48 hours of receiving their negative COVID-19 test result.
These announcements were made by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority in collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Centre.
Speaking about the development, Adel Shakri, director of planning and business development at RTA, underlined that the Dubai-Abu Dhabi is route significant to integrate mass transit between the two emirates and promote smooth movement of passengers.
In conclusion, RTA called on all passengers and community members to comply with necessary precautionary measures, including wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing to ensure safety of other passengers and curb the spread of the virus.