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Abu Dhabi’s ADX to close trading halls on virus concerns

The Exchange will continue to provide access to trading services through its Sahmi digital platform

Dubai’s Global Village closes for the season

The move comes even as Dubai closes all theme parks, cancels all events to prevent Covid-19 spread

Covid-19: Dubai closes theme parks, cinemas, gyms, spas and cancels all events

All events in Dubai have been suspended from Sunday, March 15, 2020 until the end of the month

Saudi Central Bank declares SAR50bn package to combat coronavirus

Around SAR30bn ($7.99bn) is expected to be made available to banks and finance companies in return for deferring small- and medium-size businesses’ loans

Etihad suspends flights to Beirut, Istanbul as part of network changes due to virus

Frequencies to Jakarta, Seoul and Bangkok have also been temporarily reduced

Dubai-bound flight from India offloads passengers after Covid-19 patient gets on

A British national who boarded the flight was reportedly in quarantine and has tested positive for coronavirus

UAE Central Bank announces Dhs100bn package to counter Covid-19

Banks across the country are expected to exercise stable lending practices and treat customers fairly

Abu Dhabi closes Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre, Ferrari World, other tourist sites

The closures will extend from March 15-31, though visitors have been asked to check the individual websites before planning their visits

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Coronavirus: GCC reports over 800 cases, 12% recoveries

The WHO declared the new strain of the coronavirus as a pandemic on Wednesday

Saudi Arabia suspends all international flights for two weeks

During the two weeks a few flights would be operated as “exceptional cases”

UAE suspends issuance of all visas, bans travel to Italy, Turkey, among others

The decision does not apply to those who already have their visas issued

Coronavirus: Dubai reveals Dhs1.5bn stimulus package to support businesses

Package includes cancellation of some fees, reduction in utility bills for three months

Oman suspends tourist visas, halts sports activities for month

Non-class student activities and the provision of shisha have also been prohibited while court attendance has been restricted in the sultanate

Emirates to suspend all Italy flights, conduct thermal screening on US-bound flights

Emirates also plans to gradually roll out thermal screening procedures for all of its flights departing Dubai

UAE announces 11 new coronavirus cases, total count now at 85

The individuals, who belong to nine nationalities, are currently in a stable condition

Coronavirus: UAE Central Bank asks employees to work from home

The central bank has also set up a committee which is communicating with banks on procedures to ensure continuity of banking

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Abu Dhabi activates work-from-home for some govt employees, orders shisha ban

Remote work will mainly extend to senior citizens, working mothers and those who suffer from chronic diseases and respiratory symptoms

Saudi Arabia bans travel, flights to EU, India, Philippines, among other countries

It has given a 72-hour period for its citizens and residents from the countries on the list to return to the kingdom

Kuwait suspends all flights from March 13, Qatar reports over 230 new coronavirus cases

Kuwait has also announced a public holiday from March 12 to March 26

Bahrain reports 77 new coronavirus cases among evacuees from Iran

The infectees were taken to an isolation and treatment centre

GCC coronavirus update – Total cases near 400, more than 50 recoveries

The coronavirus continues its spread across the world having infected over 117,000 people

Kuwait suspends issuance of visas, shuts cinemas and postpones sports events

Kuwait has also extended the closure of all schools and universities for an additional two weeks

Dubai’s Global Village cancels all upcoming concerts over coronavirus concerns

The current season at one of Dubai’s most popular entertainment destinations ends on April 4

People returning to the UAE from these countries must self-isolate for 14 days

School students and staff to undergo mandatory 14-day self-isolation after returning to the UAE irrespective of the country to which they have travelled

Saudi grants 72-hour deadline for citizens to return to the country

Saudi also extended travel bans to 14 countries, including UAE, Oman and European nations

UAE confirms 15 more coronavirus cases; total count at 74

It comes a day after the UAE confirmed 14 cases of the virus within the country

Update: Dubai’s Emirates to waive change penalties for all bookings made until March 31

The policy covers all existing destinations across the Emirates network

Saudi extends travel bans to 14 countries, including Oman, European nations

The recent travel ban covers Oman, Germany, France, Turkey and Spain

Coronavirus update: GCC cases cross 260 as virus spreads

The Covid-19 has infected over 113,000 people residing in more than 100 countries

Dubai begins work-from-home for federal government employees

The policy will be gradually applied to all the other emirates across the country