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Coronavirus: Do’s and don’ts for Ramadan in the UAE

Coronavirus: Do’s and don’ts for Ramadan in the UAE

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1 of 22 Wondering what you can and can't do during Ramadan? Image Credit: Gulf News archives 2 of 22 The Department of Economic Development issued guidelines around the social and cultural aspects of Ramadan. Image Credit: Gulf News archives 3 of 22 The guidelines were in line with the social distancing procedures that are being implemented everywhere. Image Credit: Gulf News archives 4 of 22 1. No gatherings of more than 10 people - this includes no weddings or funerals. Image Credit: Gulf News archives 5 of 22 In smaller groups, if you do meet, practise social distance. Image Credit: Gulf News archives 6 of 22 Meet only those people who are absolutely necessary to meet. Image Credit: Gulf News archives 7 of 22 2. Donate food only through approved ...
Coronavirus: A teacher in an Indian village conducts online classes on a tree, to beat network glitches, amid the COVID-19 lockdown

Coronavirus: A teacher in an Indian village conducts online classes on a tree, to beat network glitches, amid the COVID-19 lockdown

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A teacher in a village in the Indian state of West Bengal has set up his remote classroom atop a neem tree, after poor network connectivity was affecting his online classes. A video shared on YouTube by local news channels on April 24, gathered thousands of views and heaps of praises for the teacher, Subrato Pati of Bankura village, for his dedication and creativity. According to news agency, ANI, Pati said: "We don’t get network signals everywhere in our village. I take different classes from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm." Unable to teach properly due to poor network at home, the 35-year-old decided to find a solution. So, every morning with a lunchbox in his hand, Pati walks to a field in his village where mobile network is stronger. He climbs up a tree in the midd
COVID-19: UAE launches app ‘ALHOSN UAE’

COVID-19: UAE launches app ‘ALHOSN UAE’

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Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Health and Prevention, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, and Dubai Health Authority have jointly launched an app named ALHOSN UAE for smart phones and devices. This new app, which can be downloaded on Android and IOS devices is free of cost, and will be an official digital platform for the tracking of COVID-19 test results in the UAE. This is a national initiative aimed at supporting the Government’s efforts to contain the pandemic. The easy to use app combines the benefits of STAY HOME and TRACE COVID, the two apps previously launched by the Department of Health. It also guarantees high degree of privacy protection to the users through artificial intelligence and other technological tools. The app, which carries the name of Abu Dhabi’s historic
Coronavirus: Amer visa centres in Dubai reopen on Sunday, April 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Amer visa centres in Dubai reopen on Sunday, April 26, 2020

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Dubai: All Amer visa centers in Dubai will re-open on Sunday (April 26, 2020), the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, GDRFA - Dubai announced on Saturday. After authorities in Dubai announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Amer visa centers will receive customers between 9am to 3pm. According to official, the customers and staff should adhere the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and conducting thermal screening on employees and customers. Image Credit: Supplied Physical distancing Staff and customers occupancy in the center shouldn’t exceed a maximum of 30 per cent and keep the physical distancing. The centers were temporarily closed since March 25 in line with t
Coronavirus: 532 new cases reported in the UAE, 1.02 million tests done

Coronavirus: 532 new cases reported in the UAE, 1.02 million tests done

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Abu Dhabi/Dubai: The UAE has reported 532 new cases of COVID-19, health authorities announced on Saturday (April 25, 2020), pushing the total cases in the country up to 9,813. Seven more deaths linked to the coronavirus have also been confirmed, bringing the total death toll to 71, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced during the daily media briefing. The announcement was made by Dr. Amna Al Dahhak, a spokesperson for Ministry of Health and Prevention. Coronavirus tests had been ramped up, with more than 1.02 million COVID-19 tests done so far across the country. Officials said the deceased, who belong to different nationalities, mostly had preexisting conditions, with many suffering from chronic diseases, which coincided with being infec...
Combating coronavirus: UAE conducts over a million Covid-19 tests

Combating coronavirus: UAE conducts over a million Covid-19 tests

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The UAE has conducted more than a million Covid-19 tests, the Ministry of Heath and Prevention said on Saturday. "We continue to increase Covid-19 tests to identify cases as early as possible, with more than 14 testing centres around the UAE, including drive-through testing facilities and home testing for people of determination," said Dr Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention. The country announced 532 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the total tally to 9,813. There were also 127 new recoveries, with the total now at 1,887. Seven new deaths were reported. The increase in cases is expected, the minister said, as the UAE ramps up testing among its population. As many as 1,022,326 tests have been done up to April 25. Getting more than a million tests d...
Covid-19 in UAE: 36 businesses shut down for violating rules

Covid-19 in UAE: 36 businesses shut down for violating rules

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As many as 36 establishments, including hypermarkets, pharmacies, cafés, hair salons, gyms, billiard clubs, foodstuff shops, fruit and vegetable trading stores, have been closed down by the Ajman Department Economic Development for blatantly disregarding prescribed rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Two factories and shops found manufacturing and selling fake face masks were shut during the department's extensive inspection campaigns at emirate's markets. These unlicensed outlets had masks which violated the UAE's approved specifications and standards. They were being sold to cash in on the rising demand of the product in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ahmed Khair Al Blooshi, director of the department of control and consumer protection, said: "The DED takes all measures
Coronavirus: Families in shock as UAE expats’ dead bodies are returned from India

Coronavirus: Families in shock as UAE expats’ dead bodies are returned from India

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Families were shattered as the three dead bodies of UAE-based Indian expats were returned to the country from New Delhi, India. Family members waited outside the Indira Gandhi International Airport for hours, but they were later told to go back home as the remains of expats Jagsir Singh, Sanjeev Kumar and Kamlesh Bhatt were flown back to Abu Dhabi, following a new order implemented by India's Ministry of Home Affairs. Inderjeet, brother-in-law of Sanjeev based in Al Ain, said their family in Punjab was devastated. "This is a non-coronavirus death. We had a death certificate as proof and all necessary documents from Indian Embassy. But the body was returned while our family members waited outside the airport. This is very shocking," Inderjeet said. "The body shouldn't have b...
Ramadan 2020: New regulations laid out for social interaction in UAE

Ramadan 2020: New regulations laid out for social interaction in UAE

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced a set of social and health guidelines pursuant to the decision to amend the National Disinfection Programme. The new guidelines include conditions for visits and exercise during the holy month of Ramadan. In a joint circular, the authorities detailed the following guidelines: >Allowing first and second-degree relatives to visit while avoiding inviting those susceptible to infection, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases. > The number of people present in a place at any one time may not exceed five individuals > The elderly, sick, and those with chronic health conditions are not allowed to leave home in order to...
Am I entitled to take 30 days of paid annual leave in UAE?

Am I entitled to take 30 days of paid annual leave in UAE?

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My employment contract states that I am entitled to 30 days of unpaid leave for one year of service with my employer. What are my rights regarding paid leave and how can I avail of it? Pursuant to your query, we assume that you are employed by an employer based in the mainland of UAE and therefore, the provisions of Federal Law No. (8) of 1980 regulating employment relations in the UAE (the 'Employment Law') shall be applicable. As per the provisions of the Employment Law, it may be noted that an employee shall be entitled to a paid annual leave of 30 days upon completion of one year of employment with an employer. This is in accordance with Article 75 of the Employment Law which states: "An employee shall, for each year of service, be entitled to an annual leave of not less than...