Middlesex University Dubai is working closely with the UAE Health Ministry, the Dubai Health Authority, and the Ministry of Education to ensure that we are responding to the daily updates and acting upon those with pro-active measures to ensure the health and safety of our community.

You can find further details below as to how Middlesex University Dubai is working to protect its students, staff and visitors against the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Students

Face-to-face classes have been suspended until August 2020 as announced by the UAE Ministry of Education.

Whilst we understand that this is a challenging time, teaching and learning remains our utmost priority as we ensure that our students are able to continue their studies with minimal disruptions and the full support of faculty and staff.

To provide our students with the best possible experience during this unprecedented time, we have implemented the following changes:

Teaching and Learning

Distance Learning ‘MDX Virtual’ commenced on Sunday 15 March 2020, directly after the students’ Independent Study Week

Faculty provided Distance Learning study plans to each student ahead of the start of classes to allow students to make any necessary arrangements

A Distance Learning support provision has been set up to provide any technical support that may be required

Assessment methods are being reviewed and the Student Office team are able to answer any immediate concerns.

Student Services

  • Although the campus remains closed for all students, all services are available directly via phone or email
  • The Library continues to provide all e-services and the team are on-hand to provide support and guidance via phone or email
  • All sport services are suspended until further notice. Despite this, the Student Activities team are running a number of initiatives through our social media platforms to keep students fit, healthy and engaged through online competitions and challenges
  • All events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Students can expect to receive regular updates as the situation changes.

Student Accommodation Residents

  • As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education, students can remain in University Accommodation
  • Students who have travelled and will be returning to the Residences must self-isolate for 14 days
  • Rooms and communal spaces are sanitised on a regular basis
  • The gym, pool and communal spaces have been closed until further notice
  • Students are not able to stand outside the Residences during the self-isolation period
  • Pocket sanitisers have been distributed to all students staying at the Residences
  • 2x face masks and 2x sets of gloves will be issued to all students staying at the Residences from 4pm on Thursday 16 April
  • Advisory posters and information have been displayed across the accommodation
  • A student support line and email address has been set up for students facing any issues or have any queries
  • Students who are in contact with their relevant embassy and are trying to book a repatriation flight back to their home country should notify the Residences team as soon as possible.

Social Distancing

It is vital to maintain social distancing during this time – for the safety of yourself and those within the community.

Movement Permit

The UAE government has announced that sterilisation will occur between 8pm and 6am from Wednesday 20 May until further notice. Residents are still required to follow strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining physical distance and wearing face masks at all times while out of the house. Those who do not follow these measures will receive a fine of AED 1,000.

Individuals are permitted to exercise outside for between 1-2 hours, so long as they stay in their residential area. A maximum of three persons can exercise at any given time, and physical distance of two metres must be maintained.

Fines

The UAE government has revised the fines given to those who do not comply with the measures and guidelines that have been enforced. These are as follows:

  • Dh50,000: Fines for those who don’t abide by closure of schools, gyms, cinema, parks, cafes, restaurants, pools. Dh50,000 fine also applies to those not abiding by opening and closing times of restaurants, parks, malls etc
  • Dh10,000: Fines for individuals who have or had COVID-19 and refuse to download app used for COVID-19 tracing
  • Dh20,000: Fines for individuals who have or had COVID-19 and try to tamper with tracking device or app installed by authorities
  • Dh20,000: Not placing thermal cameras where required
  • Having a party or gathering: Dh10,000 for host, Dh5,000 for each attendee
  • In cars, more than three people travelling, no masks: Dh3,000
  • Not wearing masks at work, offices: Dh5,000 for company, Dh500 for employee
  • Dh3,000: Company failing to maintain 30 per cent limit on workforce at office
  • Not maintaing social distancing at work or other places such as shops or restaurants: Dh3,000 per person involved and Dh5,000 for institutions
  • Dh5,000: Shops that operate beyond permitted times
  • Dh5,000: Refusing to do a COVID-19 test
  • Dh1,000: Refusing to redo a COVID-19 test after two weeks
  • Dh3,000: Violating restrictions during sterilisation period
  • Private tutors violating current rules: Dh30,000 and Dh20,000 for whoever hosts the tutor
  • Moving workers between emirates: Dh10,000 fines for company and the vehicle will be confiscated.

Source: Gulf News

Public Transport

Public transport services will resume from Sunday 26 April. Individuals must ensure that a two metre distance is kept from fellow passengers at all times, and that face masks are worn.

Only two passengers are allowed in one taxi at any given time.

Please note that water transport, tram, limousine, and car sharing services remain suspended.

You can read full details of the update here

Washing Hands Regularly

Maintaining proper hygiene and washing hands regularly is vital. You should wash your hands:

  • After breaks and any exercise activity
  • Before and after cooking and eating
  • After using the washroom
  • Before and after visiting any communal areas.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Residences team via the following details:

e. theresidences@mdx.ac.ae
t. +971 56 808 5534/+971 56 172 2726.

University Campus

The University campus is to remain closed until further notice.

  • During the closure, the campus is being fully sanitised classroom by classroom
  • More hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed across campus
  • All student recreational areas including HUB19, classrooms and labs are locked and shut down.

With all of the above measures in place, Middlesex University Dubai is ensuring that students are able to continue with their studies with minimal disruption and that our University community remains safe.

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