Monday, 30 March 2020

COVID-19: Free parking in Dubai for two weeks

Free parking in Dubai from tomorrow, Tuesday March 31, to Monday, 13 April 2020

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today announced that paid parking areas and multi storey parking in Dubai will be free of charge for the coming two weeks starting from tomorrow, Tuesday 31 March to Monday, 13 April 2020.

The decision for supporting the public during the period of preventive measures against COVID-19 and the national disinfection programme of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior.

The initiative also aim to support the government’s remote work from home initiative and its directives to citizens and residents to stay home during the period.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Coronavirus:- On going UAE sterilisation extended.

by Zainulthplus Tag


Updated on March 28, 2020 . 05.49 pm
The sterilisation will be carried out daily from 8pm until 6am the following morning and restrictions in the movement of traffic will continue. 
Those who are violating will be punished with heavy fine starting from 500 up to 10,000. So please be home during these days.

The sterilisation programme, which began on Thursday evening at 8pm as part of a drive to protect the residents from the Covid-19 coronavirus, was to initially last until 6am on Sunday.

UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior on Saturday announced that the national sterilisation programme has been extended until April 5.

Source from Khaleej Times,

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Covid-19: Website permission system to leave home during UAE Sterilisation Program

Dubai has launched a website for residents where they can request permission to leave their home for essential work or purposes. UAE began a nationwide Disinfection Program to sanitise the country as it fights Covid-19 spread.

According to a statement issued by the Dubai Media Office on Thursday, Dubai's Crisis and Disaster Management Team has launched a website on which people in Dubai can request permission to leave home during the National Sterilisation Programme for essential purposes such as buying food or medicines.

The National Sterilisation Programme, launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with local and federal authorities across the UAE, including Dubai, will take place daily over the weekend between 8.00pm and 6.00am, from March 26 till the morning of March 29, 2020.

Only people who have registered on the website and received approval for their request will be allowed to leave home in Dubai.

The process has been put in place to ensure the safety of the public during the Sterilisation Programme.

 Emirates ID and work ID cards to present it for verification when required.
The registration process on the website is simple and straightforward, the statement added.
Users should first register their phone number after which they will receive an OPT code via SMS to complete the process. Resident will be then asked to enter their Emirates ID, car registration, details of their purpose and destination and time of the trip. Once the process is complete, users will receive an SMS confirming registration.

FAQ: How can I renew my domestic worker's visa and conduct their medical test

Customers can renew residency permits for domestic workers through TAD-BEER centers, or by using MOHRE's online services. Maids or domestic workers should be screened for infectious diseases before their visa is stamped in Passport. Health officials have asked residents to get their house helps screened for infectious diseases as soon as they arrive in the country. Medical fitness test is a mandatory requirement for all expats in the UAE.

As for the medical tests, MOH is the concerned authority for the residents of the northern emirates, while the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is in charge of these tests for the residents of Dubai.

For Abu Dhabi residents, the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, represented by Mubadala and SEHA is responsible for the medical tests for domestic workers in the emirate.

Useful Links

Medical Fitness Center Locations
Al Karama Medical Fitness Express service Center
Fajer Building, Near Al Karama Central Post Office, Ground Floor

Al Rashidiya Medical Fitness Center
Al Rashidiya,Next to the Police Station

Emirates Medical Fitness Center
Health care city, building 27,block B, Dubai

UAE visit visa holders relieved by overstay extension news

A stay extension (overstay) for visitors to UAE who could not exit the UAE borders due to flight cancellations, border closure and airport closures has come as a 'relief during these tough period'.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship made the announcement on Monday, March 23, that the affected visitors would be able to extend their stay legitimately in the country. The tweet was published on @ICAUAE twitter handle.

Visitors to the Dubai and other emirates were on the fear that they would have to pay overstay fines. People are relieved with this good news from Federal Authority. Public was worried that they would have to pay visa extension fees or overstay fines inorder to exit from the crisis when the COVID-19 is over. Most of the people are not in a position to afford the fees at the moment.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Work permits and Residence visas to be issued automatically in UAE

The latest announcement by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship have announced on March 25 the exemption for medical tests of workers whose work permits have expired.

Work permits and residence visas will be issued and renewed automatically for labour staff employed by companies and support service staff such as domestic workers as part of precautionary safety measures taken by the UAE to stop the spreading of Covid-19.

Under the new measures, labour staff does not need go to the medical fitness examination centres across the country. The fees for such services will be collected through the authorised payment channels. Once the fee is paid, the workers will remain legitimate residents of the UAE.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship asked the business company owners to report any suspected case of Covid-19 among their workers / employees. It also urged all the workers in the UAE to follow the precautionary measures and instructions for their own safety and for the safety of the society.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor donates 50 ambulances and Medical quarantine building to support UAE’s COVID-19

Emirati businessman Khalaf Al Habtoor today announced that he will be donating 50 state-of-the-art ambulance vehicles and a medically-equipped building to be used for quarantine purposes.

As part of the humanitarian gesture, Al Habtoor also announced he will establish an integrated virology laboratory for medical research to support global efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Covid-19: UAE hotline for overseas residents queries for re-entry after visa suspension

With the latest introduction of UAE's announcements of the two-week suspension of entry for valid residence permit holders, who are currently outside the UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has established a 24 hour helpline to facilitate procedures, and provide assistance in emergency cases.

Residents were barred from entering the UAE from 12pm on Thursday, March 19, as part of preventive procedures and methods amid the spread of Covid-19 around the world.

Holders of valid residence permits and visa stamp; who are currently at overseas and their family members and first-degree relatives in the UAE can call the helpline 0097124965228 for enquiries and assistance for humanitarian and emergency cases to ensure their safe return to the UAE, the Ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday night.

-Hotline: 0097124965228

-Fax: 025543883

-Mobile: 0501066099

-Landline 02 3128867/ 02 3128865


The Ministry explained that these measures were part of precautionary and preventive efforts taken by the UAE to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The visa suspension might be renewed based on the circumstances in the coming days.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

UAE suspends entry for valid residence visa holders effective 19/03/2020

The UAE has suspended the entry for all valid residence visa holders, who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks effective 12.00 noon of Thursday, March 19, 2020 due to the spread of virus COVID-19.

The announcement comes as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of those affected by the decision, which is subject to renewals depending on the health status measures taken due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now staying out of the country, to pursue the following procedures:

-Those who are now staying in their countries of origin have to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective nations for all necessary support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.

-Those who are currently outside the UAE for business considerations have to contact their employers here as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.

-Those who are now on vacation have to contact UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has urged the families and kins of those affected by the decision to get in touch with the ICA via the following contact numbers to get updated on all the measures they have to pursue:

‏-Fax: 025543883

-Mobile: 0501066099

-Landline 02 3128867- 02 3128865


In a statement today, ICA said the new decision comes as part of the preventive and precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. A 24 hour Hotline also started for helping residents outside UAE.

Don't worry: Groceries will be available in UAE - DED Dubai Video Call

The Consumer Protection Department of DED Dubai had made a video call with all major branches of the Lulu Hypermarket Group. The Lulu group has confirmed that the consumer grocery items are easily available across the UAE.
Currently there is no scarcity for the grocery items and people don't need to be panic and stock up the items. Covid-19 will be be overcome with personal care. Keep your hands clean and wash you hands with Soap and water for 20 seconds.

Coronavirus in UAE: Dubai shopping malls Timing reduced


Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls will now open at 12pm and close by 8pm. The decision has been made to 'contain the spread of the Covid-19' coronavirus.

"As of March 18, Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls across the region will begin operating between the hours of 12pm and 8pm only," said Majid Al Futtaim in an official statement to Khaleej Times.

It added, "These reduced hours have been put in place to afford further cleaning and sanitization of our assets, ensuring a safer experience for our customers. The safety and wellbeing of our valued employees, retail partners, and customers remains our number one priority."

Pharmacies, clinics and Carrefour will be exempt from these revised timings.

However, the reduced operating hours do not apply to Carrefour, pharmacies or clinics within the MAF mall. Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira have also updated the timings on their Google business listings.

Covid-19: Temporary suspension for issuance of all Dubai business event permits

Dubai has decided to temporarily stop the issuing of permits for all business events and programmes as part of precautionary measures against coronavirus - COVID-19.

"In line with ongoing efforts to safeguard public health, the Department of Economic Development in Dubai temporarily pauses the issuance of all business events permits (conferences, exhibitions, meetings) till the end of March 2020," it said on Wednesday. (Coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates)

Dubai has announced a number of public safety measures for different sectors in order to contain Covid-19 spread.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday announced the confirmation of 15 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the country.

The cases include one each from Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, the US, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Bangladesh, and two people from both Britain and Spain.

This brings the number of diagnosed cases in the country to 113.

The ministry affirmed that all the new cases are being taken care of and are responding well to treatment.

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