The UAE Cabinet has approved a package of new decisions in line with the precautionary measures taken by the government against repercussions of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on various sectors in the country.
The decisions aim to ease the current circumstances for the citizens, residents and visitors, to preserve health and safety, and to ensure the workflow and continuity of government work in various sectors.
The Cabinet approved extending of residence visas that ended from the first of March, 2020, or within the period specified by this decision, for three months subject to renewal, and without any additional charges at renewal, in addition to exemption of any fines incurred by the current conditions.
The Cabinet also directed to stop the administrative fines for violations resulting from the services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approved by the Cabinet, for a period of three months, starting from the April 1, 2020, and to be renewable.
The Cabinet further approved a decision that allows a temporary licence for a project to use digital transaction technologies for notary, in order to make it easy for citizens and residents to complete their judicial transactions under the current conditions, and to preserve safety of the judicial authorities’ visitors.
In addition, it has been approved to extend the validity of government services ending on March 1, 2020, or within the time limit specified in this decision for a period of three months, which can be extended. This will take effect from April 1, 2020, as this decision applies to renewal for all federal government services, including documents, permits, licences, commercial records and the likes.
The UAE has suspended, effective March 17, all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders.
Cabinet commends the work of health authorities and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, to ensure the health and wellbeing of all UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to the country.
Addressing members of the FNC, Sheikh Khalifa said that the pandemic has changed "everything" in the daily routine of people and nations, as well as the priorities of governments all around the world.
Commenting on the contribution, Jawaan Awaidha Suhail Al Khaili, Chairman of ADIB, expressed his appreciation on behalf of everyone at ADIB for the efforts made by the Government of the UAE and the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and other national bodies and institutions, to address the current situation.
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