Bad’aa and Mankhool fitness cen­tres closed

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Asma Ali Zain as­maal­[email protected]­j­

dubai — The Dubai Health Au­thor­ity (DHA) has closed two fitness cen­tres due to the low num­ber of cus­tomers com­ing to do med­i­cal tests for visa re­newals.

The fitness cen­tres in Al Bad’aa and Al Mankhool have been closed and cus­tomers have been di­rected to go to other cen­tres in­stead.

“The num­ber of cus­tomers we were re­ceiv­ing was con­sis­tently low in these two cen­tres and the only ser­vice they pro­vided was the re­newal of visas. There­fore, to bet­ter utilise man­power and re­sources, we moved our staff to the Knowl­edge Vil­lage med­i­cal fitness cen­tre, which is a full-fledged cen­tre and has a higher foot­fall,” said a spokesper­son from the DHA. “Cus­tomers may choose from a num­ber of cen­tres that are in the same catch­ment ar­eas.”

Those re­quir­ing med­i­cal fitness tests can pro­ceed to Al Karama Med­i­cal Fitness Ex­press Ser­vices Cen­tre, Knowl­edge Vil­lage Med­i­cal Fitness Cen­tre, Jumeirah Lake Tow­ers Med­i­cal Screen­ing Cen­tre and Al Quoz Mall Med­i­cal Fitness Cen­tre.

The fitness test is a manda­tory re­quire­ment for all ex­pats in the UAE and the screen­ing is a pre­req­ui­site for a res­i­dency, em­ploy­ment or ed­u­ca­tion visa.

Other DHA ser­vices

The DHA has 19 cen­tres across the emi­rate and sev­eral med­i­cal fitness op­tions are avail­able, in­clud­ing reg­u­lar, VIP, 24-hour and 48-hour ser­vices. The Muhais­nah cen­tre of­fers a 24-hour ser­vice.

The DHA also of­fers Tawa­jud, a fast-track ser­vice for cor­po­rate em­ploy­ees. Staff mem­bers would visit the of­fice or home of the in­di­vid­ual who has re­quested the ser­vice and con­duct the fitness tests re­quired on the spot. For every re­quest, a max­i­mum of 70 em­ploy­ees are tested.

Tawa­jud al­lows the busi­ness com­mu­nity to save time as their em­ploy­ees can get the test done right in their of­fices.

Cus­tomers may choose from a num­ber of cen­tres that are in the same catch­ment ar­eas.”

DHA spokesper­son


Med­i­cal fitness cen­tres across the emi­rate

The ser­vice is also ben­e­fi­cial for home­mak­ers who may not be able to go to a med­i­cal fitness cen­tre to re­new their visa. A re­quest for this ser­vice can be made us­ing the DHA’s web­site

Those who re­quire med­i­cal fitness tests may pro­ceed to Al Karama, Knowl­edge Vil­lage, Jumeirah Lake Tow­ers or Al Quoz Mall cen­tres.

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