Coronavirus: Dubai opens drive-through COVID-19 testing facility

The drive-through centre will be open from 8:00am to 6:30pm daily and results will be available in 48 hours after testing

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that it has opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre at the Al Nasr Club for general public, in its efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The facility, which is capable of handling more than 250 tests per day, is open from 8:00am to 6:30pm daily. The centre allows the public to do a five-minute test free of charge without having to leave their car while results will be available in 48 hours.

The centre caters to senior citizens; pregnant women; people of determination; people with chronic diseases; and people with COVID-19 symptoms. Staffed by various highly-trained medical personnel, the new centre is one of the three testing centres run by DHA in Dubai.

To book an appointment for testing, people can call DHA. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation text message. The text message and the person’s Emirates ID should be presented at the drive-through centre for the test to be conducted, Dubai Media Office said in a statement.

It also stated that as with other essential purposes, it is necessary to register for permission on the official permit website to leave home for the test, as per the directives of the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.

It has also been reported that similar facilities will also be opened in Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi facility has conducted almost 3,000 tests since it has opened.

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