If you are involved in an accident

 

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If you are involved in an accident

/ 27 December 2012

Police say the first thing to do is to make sure people in your vehicle are uninjured, and if anyone is hurt and requires an ambulance, dial 999 and an operator will assist.

If everyone is alright, look over the damage that has occurred. Call 999 and request for the Traffic Police and do not move any vehicles involved. The Traffic Police will arrive and evaluate the accident and fill an accident form.

One copy of the accident form will be given to the vehicles and the licence of the individual who caused the accident will be taken. If you caused the accident, you will need to take the form to your insurance company. If you didn’t cause the accident, then you can take the form to the other driver’s insurance company, so that their insurance company can fix your vehicle.

If an accident occurs in Dubai and all vehicles can be driven, then they should be moved to the side of the road to stop traffic block. Those who do not move their vehicle will be fined Dh100.

 

 

New SMS service puts Dubai trains and buses on tap

New SMS service puts Dubai trains and buses on tap

DUBAI // A new SMS service has been launched by the RTA allowing public transport users in Dubai to check the next available time of the bus or train they need.

To check Metro timings, send an SMS with the letter D followed by a space and the name of your station and platform name to 5223. For example, you might send D Union Station – Jebel Ali Platform.

To find out which buses will be departing from your bus station, send the letter D followed by a space and the bus station number to 5223.

You can also send your specific route number number or a specific time using the 24 hour format to find out when the next bus on your route arrives, or which buses will be arriving after a certain time.

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DUBAI // A new SMS service has been launched by the RTA allowing public transport users in Dubai to check the next available time of the bus or train they need.

To check Metro timings, send an SMS with the letter D followed by a space and the name of your station and platform name to 5223. For example, you might send D Union Station – Jebel Ali Platform.

To find out which buses will be departing from your bus station, send the letter D followed by a space and the bus station number to 5223.

You can also send your specific route number number or a specific time using the 24 hour format to find out when the next bus on your route arrives, or which buses will be arriving after a certain time.

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Two Dubai Metro stations to be renamed

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Two Dubai Metro stations to be renamed

By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
Published: Nov 12, 2012 2:16 PM

Dubai: Dubai transport authority, the RTA, has announced the renaming of two Metro stations.

Jebel Ali Industrial, on the red line, will be renamed as Danube Station.

Khalid Bin Al Waleed, on both the red and green lines, will be renamed Burjuman Station.

Air Arabia introduces Dubai city check-in at Lamcy Plaza

You can now check-in your baggage at Lamcy Plaza Ground floor. Air Arabia will transport the baggage. Air Arabia buses from Lamcy Plaza will also pick and drop you at Sharjah Airport. Click below image to enlarge and get all details!

Air Arabia introduces Dubai City check in

Call a taxi by SMS from the Dubai metro

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Khaleej Times – Dubai Health Authority on Kid’s lunch boxes

The types and amount of food that lunch boxes of school students in Dubai should contain will soon depend on the new guidelines to be issued by the authorities to promote healthy eating habits.

Dubai Municipality’s Food Control Department in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority has come up with instructions for preparing school meals for children according to their age groups, in the form of an illustrative poster.

“The new poster titled ‘School Lunch Kit’ includes information on healthy food habits to be maintained when preparing lunch kits for children in all phases of schooling,” the municipality said on Thursday.

According to the poster to be distributed in schools soon, five types of foods, namely fruits, vegetable, milk, proteins, and grains should be included in the kit. Ideal food composition with regards to children’s age also has been explained in the poster.

School canteens have also been ordered not to sell soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit syrups, milk and yogurt with artificial flavours, lollipops and chewing gums, confectionaries with sugar and artificial colour, chocolates, food with sodium glutamate content, high fat foods and chips. A list of food items to be ideally made available in canteens has also been mentioned in the poster, which, an official said, is currently available only in Arabic.

The Municipality said it had started various awareness programmes including lectures and workshops in this regard. —news@khaleejtimes.com

Dubai eGovernment updates mPay services – Users can now pay Salik, DEWA, traffic fines

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By Georgina EnzerPublished May 6, 2012

Dubai eGovernment has updated its mPay mobile payment gateway and has added new features, including SMS capabilities. Users can now send an SMS to 4488 to inquire or pay government transaction fees or due charges.

The SMS service now allows Salik recharge from RTA, payment of traffic fines from Dubai Police and payment of electricity bills from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

“This gateway is part of our initiative to provide government services through innovative channels with the aim of facilitating government transactions of the public and businesses in Dubai. All departments need a set of electronic components and infrastructure to provide their service online under high quality and security stipulations. We, in Dubai eGovernment, work on the provision of these components in the form of common eServices and infrastructure with the departments, enabling them to provide their eServices to the public, thereby offering them a platform for innovation and excellence in their specialized fields,” said Wesam Lootah, assistant director general of Dubai eGovernment.

The new updates to the Dubai eGovernment system are designed to allow users to activate auto-payment/auto recharge of the government services provided by mPay regularly (daily, weekly, monthly or at a specific date for payment or recharge). They also allow control over the minimum balance and the maximum payment/recharge.

The updates also allow users to configure mPay to support multiple accounts for one government service. For example, a customer can recharge the Salik account of his/her car and that of another car he/she owns from his/her mPay account.

“Dubai eGovernment provides online payment services through the Internet and mobile phones for instant payment of government fees, using effective and convenient means to save their time and spare them the trouble of visiting the concerned banks or departments. As mPay does not need a computer with access to the Internet, the service can be done instantly anywhere,” said Lootah.

The Dubai eGovernment is currently considering the expansion of individual and corporate beneficiaries of this service, either by introducing new departments and entities or adding new services of interest to customers.

To use mPay service, customers must register on http://mpay.dubai.ae.

 

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National ID cards – what do you need to know?

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Emiratis and expat residents were granted extensions last week on applying for Emirates identity cards, easing weeks of scramble caused by the original end-of-year deadline.

The new deadline for Emiratis is June 30, 2011, the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has said. Expats, meanwhile, are now able to wait until they renew or apply for a residency visa before registering for the cards.

The news followed a number of warnings from Abu-Dhabi based EIDA, that people without ID cards would not be allowed to access certain government services and could face fines for late registration.

The EIDA has yet to clarify what fines, if any, will be faced by Emiratis that miss the June 31 deadline.

The move will ease the strain on the Emirates Identity Authority’s typing centres, where for weeks people have been camped outside in queues as demand outweighed the services provided.

What are Emirates ID cards?

ID cards are required for all UAE residents. They contain personal data including address, photo, date of birth and fingerprints and can be used as official identification throughout the country.

Cards are valid for five years for nationals. For expats, the cards are linked to the duration of a residency visa and can be updated.

What is the deadline for applying?

The deadline for Emiratis has been pushed to June 30, 2011; a six-month extension. EIDA has yet to announce whether fines will be imposed on those that miss the deadline.

There is no fixed deadline for expats, as EIDA plans to link registration to the visa process. This would allow people to register for the card when renewing or applying for their residency visa. The scheme is currently being trialed in Umm Al Qawain and will be rolled out across the country by the end of 2011.

Eventually, registration will be handled at health centres that perform medical checks on foreign workers applying for visas, EIDA has said.

Why do I need it?

Emiratis can’t get a driver’s license or register/re-register their vehicles without a valid ID card. The card can also be used in lieu of a passport for travel to certain Gulf states, including Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

Expats who are registering a vehicle for the first time or applying for a driving licence also need an ID card, though they are able to renew licences or car registrations using other forms of ID.

Over time, residents will require the card to access certain government services such as water and electricity and health services though this has not yet been brought into effect.

Mobile operators Du and Etisalat currently allow people to sign up for phone and internet services without an ID card. There is also no requirement from the UAE’s major banks.

How do I apply for an Emirates ID card?

ID cards can be obtained by applying through any of EIDA’s typing centres. New applicants can book an appointment by visiting emiratesid.ae.

Applicants then receive a text message with their appointment date and time.

At the registration centre, applicants are fingerprinted and photographed, and their information is taken down.

Those renewing cards don’t need an appointment and can attend any replacement work station. Check the EIDA website for locations.

What’s required for registration?

On the day of the appointment, Emiratis bring their passports, family book and (optional) parents’ family book. Expats bring their passports and residence visas.

For GCC nationals, it’s slightly more complicated – passport and a copy of an employment certificate or lease agreement to prove UAE residency.

Nationals will be asked to pay AED100 and an AED70 service charge. Expats will pay AED100 for every year of validity on their residence visas, and the AED70 service fee.

For Emiratis renewing an ID that’s five years old, the price rises to AED120.

The cards will be couriered for AED20, which is included in the registration fee. The cards are expected to arrive within seven to ten days of being processed.

Where are the EIDA registration centres?

There are 17 permanent registration centres in the UAE, in addition to a number of temporary centres. The locations can be found on the website www.emiratesid.ae or by calling the hotline number 600 523432.

Help at hand: Abuse assistance

Help at hand:

Who to call –

02 5561000 Abu Dhabi Social Support Centre

02 8081999 Al Gharbia Social Support Centre

800111 Dubai Foundation for Women and Children

Source: Gulf News