Coronavirus Pandemic

Abu Dhabi green pass: Lulu to offer free Covid-19 PCR tests

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 16, 2021

(Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times)

The cost of a single PCR test in the emirate is Dh65.

Following the implementation of the Al Hosn app green pass protocol in Abu Dhabi to further check the spread of Covid-19, leading retailer Lulu Group is planning to offer free RT-PCR tests for people at malls.

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From June 15, a negative PCR test result is required to ensure the green pass on the app, which is mandatory to gain entry into most public places, including malls and supermarkets in Abu Dhabi.

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V. Nandakumar, director, marketing and communications, Lulu Group, said the move is planned to provide full comfort to shoppers coming to the mall. “We plan to facilitate the free test in our mall premises for our shoppers. We will announce the full plan in the next 2-3 days. Our idea is to help the customer shop happily when they are at Lulu malls,” said Nandakumar.

The group operates 12 malls across the emirate. Khalidiyah Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Mushrif Mall and Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre (in the city), Mazyad Mall, Capital Mall, Al Raha Mall and Al Forsan Central Mall (in the suburbs and industrial area) are some of the facilities under the group.

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“We are trying to help the community members who may not be able to afford the PCR test. There may be many employees for whom the cost of the test is covered by their employers, but there are many like homemakers and other family members who may not be getting such benefits. Also, those who are not fully vaccinated or in different categories, we are trying to resolve their issues with regards to the cost of PCR test.”

The cost of a single PCR test in Abu Dhabi is Dh65.

“We are working out the procedures to be followed. We are coordinating with the local authorities. We are also planning to tie up with certain healthcare providers to facilitate the free test in our mall premises.”

And depending on the demand the frequency of the testing services will be decided. The slots for the tests will be made available through appointments, which can be booked through the Lulu app and social media platforms. Further details will be announced in the next few days Nandakumar added.


Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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