Motorists brave the sandstorm and low visibility on a Dubai road on Thursday afternoon. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

In a joint statement late on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, visitors and all those living in the nation, to comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by competent health and security authorities in order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

"The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per vehicle," the statement read.

Guidelines on using public transport and taxis are to be issued later.