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In 2021, by successfully hosting major international events, the UAE has managed to bring back the momentum for international events, following a quiet period during the early days of the pandemic outbreak in late 2019.
The UAE is definitely leading the way for the virus-hit world during the post COVID-19 recovery.
Since the beginning of 2021 the UAE already hosted a number of internationally renowned defence, sports and cultural events successfully.
These events include IDEX & NAVDEX, Gulfood, and the long awaited UAE Tour for cycling.
The hosting of these events also coincided with major milestones for the UAE, with the arrival and successful orbiting of the Hope Probe to Mars and the Barakah peaceful nuclear plant receiving an operating licence for its second unit.
IDEX & NAVDEX 2021, which was held in Abu Dhabi last February drew over 900 exhibitors from 52 countries, while attracting 62,000 visitors.
All through the event authorities mades sure that strict COVID-19 precautionary measures were followed by the exhibitors as well as by the visitors.
The event’s resounding success sent a very positive message that the world will soon be back to normal.
Then Dubai hosted Gulfood 2021, the first food & beverages show to be held since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The event saw 2,500 companies from 85 participating countries.
The successful Gulfood SHow also sent recovery signs to the global audience.
The seven-day UAE Tour, organised by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), was also held in the UAE. The 1,045-kilometre race was held in seven stages and contested by 140 cyclists, representing 20 international teams.
In mid-February, the fifth edition of the International Festival of Photography (Xposure) was held in Sharjah.
On display were more than 1,558 photos submitted by 400 photographers from Arab countries and beyond, who captured diverse moments, experiences and aesthetics of people and landscapes worldwide.
The UAE’s calendar for upcoming events includes the silver jubilee version of the "Dubai World Cup," to be held on March 27th.
The race will be run on one of the iconic horse tracks in the world, Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
The health minister said there were many positive indicators recorded during the recent period, such as high recovery rates and low infection rates, in addition to not recording deaths for consecutive days.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 225,031 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 480,766 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
Col Bin Suwaidan stated further that the police patrols had impounded two vehicles on two separate occasions for illegally fitting their vehicles with using emergency warning lights similar to the police.
The police said that accidents happened because motorists were paying attention to the road and the traffic in front of them.
Authorities have said only one million people can join the 2022 season, less than half of pre-pandemic levels, and access is restricted to pilgrims aged 18 to 65 who have been fully vaccinated or immunised against the virus and do not suffer from chronic diseases.
Oana is from Romania and is currently based in Ras Al-Khaimah. The newly wed who has lived in the UAE for six years runs her own business. A loyal Mahzooz fan, she hopes to score the top prize of Dhs10,000,000 but for now she is grateful for the win.