An Emirati boy takes selfie with Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi. File
The new directives add to a series of measures undertaken by Sheikh Saud to ensure business continuity in vital economic sectors and ease the burden brought about by the novel coronavirus situation, while ensuring Ras Al Khaimah’s economy continues to record significant performance and competitiveness scores across all fields.
Sheikh Saud’s directives during this time have supported the Government’s efforts to ensure commercial activities in the emirate can continue, which in turn ensures high-quality services for the entire community.
Sheikh Saud directed Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development, RAKDED, to offer nurseries a 50 per cent exemption from their annual trade licence renewal fees.
In addition, establishments that closed to allow their facilities to be used for quarantine purposes will benefit from a 25 per cent exemption, while facilities located at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport that had no alternative locations to divert operations to will benefit from a 50 per cent exemption on license renewal fees. These exemptions will be in place for a year, in addition to full exemptions being granted from penalties for violations incurred during lockdown.
The directives to exempt certain commercial activities from annual fees benefit Ras Al Khaimah’s business community and help stabilise the emirate’s economic, which has been witnessing a significant boom in investment. The directives also serve to drive additional foreign investment into Ras Al Khaimah’s market, which is resilient, competitive and has substantial economic potential.
"We trust in the vision and leadership of my brother, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in whom we see the wisdom of the Founding Father," says Sheikh Saud.
In its latest weekly update on the pandemic, the UN health agency said on Wednesday that confirmed cases dropped 12% to more than 3 million and reported deaths declined 22% to about 7,600.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention also noted that an additional 72 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 737,821.
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