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Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter
The management of the Mercato mall in Dubai has announced its Ramadan initiative to support UAE communities during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The initiative is in partnership with Dubai Police with the aim of helping the communities to meet the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic more effectively.
Mercato is adapting its Corporate Social Responsibility partnership with Dubai Police in creating and distributing “Personal Safety” kits – that include sanitiser solutions, gloves and masks. Under this solidarity initiative, 3,000 packs have been supplied by Mercato to Dubai Police for their discretionary use. Police forces in Dubai are highly mobilised in this context, and in turn, some of the packs have been distributed among the Mercato and Town Centre Jumeriah visitors by Dubai Police personnel.
Nisreen Boustani, Public Relations and Corporate Communication Manager at Mercato and Town Centre Jumeirah, said: “Mercato is pleased to partner with Dubai Police and support the communities by distributing safety kits containing personal protective equipment such as masks, and gloves as well as hand sanitisers to help protect members of the society.”
During the awareness campaign, a series of activities besides printed material distribution will be conducted for visitors and communities residing in the surrounding areas of Jumeirah.
However, in line with government recommendations, BurJuman has reopened its doors to welcome visitors back as it operates reduced hours, from 12 pm to 10 pm. Essential services continue to operate with extended hours as before. Strict regulatory precautions have been placed, which includes wearing masks at all times, limiting mall visit time for individuals to a maximum of 3 hours and practising social distancing while in the mall. BurJuman has also increased its already active cleaning and sterilization routine and placed health and safety signages across the mall to ensure all guidelines are followed.
“The health and well-being of our customers, employees, retail partners, and the communities we serve are always our top priorities. We are closely monitoring updates from the Dubai Economic Department (DED), and following guidelines put into place by the Government. We ask that the public exercise good judgement when visiting BurJuman, including following all guidelines for social distancing and hygiene practices. We also ask that anyone who does not feel well ensures that their whole family or physical contact group stays at home in order to keep everyone safe,” said the BurJuman Management.
The orphans were introduced to the basics of horsemanship, and were provided a hands-on experience to work in different areas, from riding and grooming to horsey arts and playing with horses.
The Dubai Police fulfilled the wish of an 11-year-old child, Manea, to own a horse. The police presented the child with a mare named “Salil” from the stables of the Dubai Mounted Police.
Dubai Police have taken into custody the parents of a seven-year-old boy, who was forced to act blind and beg on the streets during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The true meaning of the Holy Month of Ramadan to share among the less fortunate members of the Pakistani diaspora in the UAE has not been forgotten by the social arm of the community. The Pakistan Association Dubai is distributing food packages among the underprivileged members of the community who have been affected by the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. So far 1,500 food packages, enough for a 4-5-member family for one month, have been distributed across all nationalities and emirates as part of the food drive.
Iranian state TV reported that rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit area and added there were no casualties.
The blast was so powerful that it toppled the truck carrying police officers into a ravine, police chief Meher said, adding that the bombing also damaged a nearby car carrying members of a family. He said that the anti-polio campaign will continue even after the bombing.
Sheikh Sultan called on farmers to cooperate with Sharjah government in developing and maintaining their farms and establishing specialised farms, stressing that he will provide the necessary support for electricity and water services at reduced prices.
The COVID-19 Drive-Through Services Centres in Abu Dhabi which will remain open are Rabdan, Manhal; Al Ain: Al Sarouj, Asharej. In addition, the COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centres in Mushrif Wedding Hall in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Convention Centre will remain open.