A view of Sheikh Zayed Road during a 2021 night curfew in Dubai. File
Gulf Today Report
The UAE trade minister said that the country would not go for a full lockdown despite a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said that the country would focus on its planned COVID testing and vaccination drive to curb the spread of the virus and make businesses and the economy run smoothly.
Over the past few weeks, the UAE saw a sharp rise in virus cases.
Thani Al-Zeyoudi told Bloomberg that “Omicron is way less impactful than Delta and even during Delta we haven’t locked down the country.”
Thani Al-Zeyoudi added, “The balance has been there throughout the Omicron for sure and with any future variants when it comes to coronavirus, we will not go back to the full lockdown of the country.”
He was talking about Dubai's economic rebound during the pandemic and leaders are optimistic about future business targets.
The country expects a 4.2% growth this year, helped by the rebound in oil.
European countries have tightened restrictions on viruses as infections rise and the omicron variant spreads.
But the UAE has minimised the disruption by hosting large conferences, concerts and events.
Before the emergence of the omicron strain, the UAE had managed to keep cases under control most of the time, but in recent weeks new virus cases have increased to more than 2,500 per day.
The competent authority at the workplace may take all or any of the measures into account mentioned in the circular according to the nature of the work.
Filipinos in the UAE support the decision of the Duterte Administration in imposing a March 15 to April 14 “community quarantine” of the national capital region of Metro Manila (MM) to contain the rapid spread of the global pandemic Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19).
An Australian family residing in Dubai expressed its thanks and gratitude to the UAE for helping to reunite them in Dubai with their son, who was stuck in the Australian city of Sydney for nearly two months.
Community members of all age groups and backgrounds in the UAE celebrated Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day with national zeal. Like every year, the major flag-hoisting ceremony was held in the premises of the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi which was led by Imtiaz Feroz Gondal, Charge d’Affaires.
Under the patronage of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the 11th annual edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) will take place on Sept.28 and 29, 2022, at Expo Centre Sharjah. Vibrant discussions centred around this year’s theme “Challenges and Solutions,” will be led by senior public officials, thought leaders and government communication experts.
The patriotic zest was all too evident in the diplomatic missions of Pakistan in the country. The celebratory spirit gripped the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, where Consul General Hassan Afzal Khan graced the events.