Parts of Emi­rates ex­pe­ri­ence rain

The Gulf Today - - FRONT PAGE - MO­HAMMED ALAA

ABU DHABI: Heavy to mod­er­ate rain fell in dif­fer­ent parts of the UAE on Satur­day as the south­east­erly winds con­tin­ued to blow be­fore turn­ing to north-west­erly winds and form­ing cu­mu­la­tive clouds at 36kph.

The dust-stir­ring winds caused the hor­i­zon­tal vis­i­bil­ity to be less than 2,000m on some open ar­eas.

Heavy rains fell on Wadi Al Ejeili in Ras Al Khaimah and Shar­jah-kalba Road while mod­er­ate rains fell on Muzeera in Aj­man and Masafi in Ras Al Khaimah. Light rains fell on Shawka-al Mu­nayi Road in Ras Al Khaimah and Saa in Al Ain City.

The western re­gions wit­nessed mild to mod­er­ate fog, which caused the hor­i­zon­tal vis­i­bil­ity to be less than 1,000m.

The fog grad­u­ally spread and be­came thick in the morn­ing, last­ing for more than 6 hours in a num­ber of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal ar­eas and roads.

Mad­i­nat Zayed in Al Dhafra and Sheikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Road (Abu Dhabi — Al Gh­waifat) ex­pe­ri­enced an in­ter­mit­tent fog be­fore spread­ing to var­i­ous ar­eas in Al Dhafra and grad­u­ally fad­ing by 8am.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cen­tre of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, fog, par­tic­u­larly mild fog, is ex­pected to pre­vail in the north­ern ar­eas on Sun­day, caus­ing the hor­i­zon­tal vis­i­bil­ity to be low.

The weather is ex­pected to be clear in gen­eral on Mon­day with some clouds be­ing formed some­times in the eastern parts. Winds will be light to mod­er­ate in gen­eral at 36kph, turn­ing to strong and dust-stir­ring some­times on open ar­eas dur­ing the day.

Rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity will in­crease at night and early morn­ing on some coastal and in­land ar­eas and the fog, par­tic­u­larly mild fog, might be formed, es­pe­cially in the eastern ar­eas.

SHAR­JAH: Shar­jah Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity has launched the ‘Age-friendly Pub­lic Trans­port’ ini­tia­tive, which ex­empts the el­derly, chil­dren and peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion from pub­lic trans­port fees, and has also is­sued a new tar­iff for taxis used for trans­port­ing peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The ini­tia­tive, is­sued in line with the Year of Zayed, cul­mi­nates the Au­thor­ity’s ef­forts to sup­port Shar­jah’s pro­gramme as irst Arab age-friendly city in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the vi­sion of His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan Bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Coun­cil Mem­ber and Ruler of Shar­jah, to­wards mak­ing the emi­rate an ideal age-friendly en­vi­ron­ment in which its in­hab­i­tants are pro­vided with the best ser­vices.

The Au­thor­ity is in the process of es­tab­lish­ing a mech­a­nism for is­su­ing per­mits for the said cat­e­gories, which will be an­nounced soon, said Yusuf Su­laiman Al Ham­madi, Head of Pro­cure­ment and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices.

In order to beneit from the ex­emp­tion, the el­derly and chil­dren can present their iden­tity cards when book­ing tick­ets, while peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion can present their own peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion cards, he added.

To con­tinue to sup­port peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion and pro­vide them with ser­vices eas­ily and smoothly, the Au­thor­ity in­tro­duced from last May a new tar­iff for the taxis used in trans­port­ing peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion, he said.

To this ef­fect, the Au­thor­ity cancelled the Dhs15 counter open­ing tar­iff and the Dhs1.5 ex­tra fees added to the counter in every trip and gave a 50 per cent dis­count on the to­tal fares of the trip, he added.

As a re­sult, some 1,608 book­ing re­quests for peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion taxis were re­ceived be­tween May when the de­ci­sion took ef­fect and Au­gust at a rate of 402 re­quests monthly, up by 16 per cent over the four months that pre­ceded the de­ci­sion, he said.

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