Residents now have to take pre-booked appointments to avail of the Dh50 laser-based Covid-19 test at the new testing facility at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border, the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee has announced.
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Authorities said pre-booking of appointments has been introduced because of the high demand seen at the centre, which gives test results in five minutes.Since Tuesday, hundreds have turned up at the tent located just before the Ghantoot border checkpoint near the main highway to take the test. Anyone wishing to enter Abu Dhabi has to produce a negative Covid-19 test result, and the PCR test that is available at other health centres costs around Dh370. The new laser-based test, which is quicker and cheaper, was announced by authorities last week to ease the travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Abdullah A Rashdi, spokesperson for Tamouh Healthcare, an Abu Dhabi government-run medical company, had told Khaleej Times that a new tent is being built to accommodate the high footfall.
"We are currently building a new tent to exclusively cater to families and we hope it will be ready by tomorrow. Then the existing tent can receive other residents who want to take the test," said Al Rashdi on Wednesday.