Dubai Ambulance completes emergency planning for Eid Al Adha celebrations

Hundreds of paramedics on standby as people get ready to enjoy an extra-long weekend

Dubai ambulance crews are preparing for any potential emergencies during the Eid Al Adha holiday.

At least 122 emergency vehicles, including ambulances, motorbikes, bicycles, and boats, as well as 442 paramedics and specialised doctors are on duty during the four-day holiday that starts on Monday.

The rapid response crews will be able to respond swiftly to any incidents or road traffic accidents.

“We have made sure our emergency stations cover the entire emirate of Dubai,” said Khalifa Al Darrai, executive director of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.

“Our advanced emergency vehicles will be positioned near residential areas, shopping centres, public parks and beaches in addition to airport halls," said Mr Al Darrai.

Dubai Police are also ramping up patrols to ensure public safety during the holiday.

Authorities said 120 traffic police patrols would be deployed in key areas to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians during the four-day celebration.

Teams will also carry out awareness campaigns regarding Covid-19 measures.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi also urged people to be cautious. Residents are advised to send virtual Eid greetings rather than meet family and friends in person, authorities said on Friday.

Public and private gatherings should be avoided to curb the spread of the coronavirus, said Abu Dhabi's Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, and public health bodies.

Dubai Ambulance responded to about 500 emergencies involving people who were either sick or injured over New Year's Eve.

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Updated: July 18th 2021, 12:25 PM