UAE uses all the possible resources to protect each and every individual in the country, regardless of the person’s nationality, race or gender during these trying times as the world reels under the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s how UAE ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. The country has not left a stone unturned to see to the well-being and safety of its residents, citizens, and visitors.
The Ministry of Education announced the early start of spring vacation for both public and private schools, colleges and universities, and ordered the closure of all educational institutions from March 8 for four weeks. The ministry also announced the e-learning initiative that is now being successfully carried out in all schools and colleges.
The country announced that air passengers would have to undergo tests on arrival and possible quarantine, while Emirates and residents were urged against leaving the country. Medical teams stationed at the airports conducted tests on passengers, including thermal screening. Passengers were held back until the results are ready. Any travelers who tested positive was taken to a medical facility and monitored.
The UAE locked its borders and put off all in-bound and out-bound air travel from March 25. Shopping malls and all other commercial founding, including fish, meat, and vegetable markets were also closed down until further notice, and residents were asked to lock-down unless for emergencies. Cinema halls and other entertainment centers across the UAE were also shut down. Prayers at mosques and all other places of worship in the UAE were suspended on March 16 to avoid the spread of the virus.
A National Sterilization program was launched on March 26 to disinfect all public places, government departments and the ways across the country. The UAE launched a drive-through corona virus testing facility on March 28 as part of its efforts to fight the disease. The facility will provide screenings within five minutes, using state-of-the-art equipment and a medical team.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources publicized the stimulation of the ‘remote work” system for all federal ministries, authorities, entities and the private sector from March 29. It was also stated that the total ratio of workers who are required to be present at the workstation should not go beyond 30 percent of the facility’s total number of workers.
On March 14, the UAE Central Bank announced that it would be pumping in Dh100 billion as a stimulus package to equalizer the slowdown in the economy set off by the COVID-19. On March 22, the UAE Cabinet permitted an additional Dh16 billion economic stimulus package as part of the Federal Government’s additional measures to support the national economy, ensure business continuity, and moderate the corona virus impact.
Abu Dhabi, on March 16, broadcasted a number of creativity under Ghadan 21 to support the private sector firms, startups and the residents in view of the crisis. Launched by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the 16 initiatives directed at boosting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and offer relief for residents.
Governments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah suspended exclusion judgments and detention rulings on all rental-related cases. The Sharjah Executive council also approved the release of 100 prisoners and inmates imprisoned for rental-related cases. Other measures include a 50 percent discount on traffic violations and cancellation of black points dedicated before March 31, for a period of three months.
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