SUVs parked near a desert camp in Dubai.
Syed Shayaan Bakht, Staff Reporter
Dubai has fined a tour operator Dhs50,000, sealed a famous restaurant, and closed 2 sports establishments for violating COVID-19 guidelines in the emirate.
Dubai Police, in cooperation with Dubai Tourism, fined a tour operator Dhs50,000 after it was found organising an outdoor gathering without adhering to precautionary measures.
The Dubai Sports Council, in cooperation with Dubai Economy, closed 2 sports establishments, warned 6, and fined 7 others for not adhering to the precautionary measures to combat COVID-19.
Dubai Municipality sealed a famous restaurant in Dubai for not adhering to the precautionary measure.
In January, the Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Lt Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, said that private parties and meetings are responsible for the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The police chief urged everyone to follow the precautionary measures and social distancing guidelines to curb the spread of the virus.
The UAE authorities have issued over 30,000 violations related to COVID-19 since the beginning of 2021.
The authorities said, “We would like to emphasise the importance of adhering to all precautionary measures, in order to ensure the safety and health of our society.
“All relevant authorities at the state level monitor and track violations of previously announced procedures.”
The UAE has an advanced health care system. It has succeeded in establishing and rehabilitating hospitals and providing them with all help to deal with potential cases of infection, and to conduct the necessary medical tests for the largest population.
With the announcement of new strains of the virus around the world, the UAE’s track and test approach has been developed to ensure that these cases are monitored.
Take-away/parcel deliveries “with adequate safety precautions” are now being encouraged while customers and employees who exhibit flu symptoms are now discouraged to enter any of the food establishments in Dubai as part of the battle plan against Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
All restaurants and cafes are asked to conduct COVID-19 examinations on all employees to ensure they are negative, sending any staff members who have developed respiratory symptoms home.
As life springs back to normalcy in the country following weeks of lockdown due to COVID-19, Dubai Sports Council has stepped up its efforts to restore the Emirate’s sports sector to full capacity by announcing two major decisions on Thursday. Under-12 and Over-60 can now take part in sports activities.
The initiative, launched in cooperation with some of Dubai’s top fitness centres and sports academies and clubs, including Gold’s Gym, Fitness First, The Warehouse, Fitness 360, The Sevens, Just Play, and Zabeel Ladies Club, will start from May 3 and continue until May 13.
The central weather bureau traced the epicentre of the quake to northeastern Yilan county, and said it hit at a depth of 67 kilometres. According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a moderately shallow depth of 66km.
It comes after North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Tuesday, prompting an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
"The country is on the brink of collapse and that collapse is coming faster than we thought," Swedish development minister Per Olsson Fridh told Reuters in Dubai.
Furthering its commitment to promoting books and literacy, Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is organising the National Libraries Summit on November 8 – 9, 2021 at its headquarters in Sharjah. The two-day summit will be held in conjunction with the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2021) under the theme ‘Visibility, Engagement, Impact, and Collaboration’, and convene 50 national library directors and senior staff from 20 countries in Europe, North America, Africa and the MENA region.