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Oman Air to cut staff after virus hits airline as ‘never before’

Middle East airlines have lost $7.2bn in revenues from the Covid-19 pandemic as of March 11

Motorists can renew car registrations in UAE without testing vehicles, paying fines

The directive comes into effect on Sunday, March 22, for the next three months

UAE closes leisure sites, beaches, sports halls for two weeks

The directive comes into effect today, March 22

Emirates suspends flights to New York and Paris until further notice

UAE carriers Emirates and Etihad have reduced flights due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic


Covid-19: UAE reports 13 new cases, total tallies 153

The total number of those who have recovered in the country totals 38

UAE announces two coronavirus deaths

The UAE has so far reported 140 Covid-19 cases, including 31 who have recovered

Covid-19: Saudi reports 70 new cases

The total number of those infected in the kingdom totals 344

UAE temporarily suspends entry of GCC nationals

The decision will be in place until a pre-examination mechanism for Covid-19 is approved

Covid-19: Saudi says measures taken will save companies $32bn

The Finance Ministry it would exempt the private sector from some government fees and delay other payments

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UAE launches hotline for residents who are overseas following entry suspension

The UAE has suspended the entry of all valid visa holders, including residents who are currently abroad to curb the spread of Covid-19

Covid-19: Saudi to suspend all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains

The suspension begins on Saturday, March 21 and will last for 14 days

Dubai carrier Emirates to suspend flights to Russia

The carrier will operate special flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg between March 20-29

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Covid-19: 27 new cases reported in the UAE

The total number of those infected in the country total 140

Oil war, virus plight force $13.3bn in Saudi spending cuts

The kingdom needs oil at almost $84 to balance this year’s budget

UAE’s Al-Futtaim to provide mall tenants three-month free occupancy

Al-Futtaim’s local mall portfolio consists of Dubai Festival City Mall and the Festival Plaza mall


UAE carrier Etihad introduces credit to ease travel plans

Passengers can cancel their bookings for free, and use the original value of their bookings as credit towards their next trip

Covid-19 pandemic could cause 25 million job cuts – ILO

Income losses for workers are estimated between $860bn and $3.4 trillion by the end of 2020

Oil’s 24% plunge in a day signals no end in sight for meltdown

Brent futures declined 13 per cent to settle at $24.88 a barrel, the lowest since 2003

Coronavirus could bankrupt most airlines by end of May – CAPA

Most of the biggest carriers in the US, China and Middle East are likely to survive because of government help or support from their owners


Covid-19: Saudi, Oman, Kuwait report new cases

The number of Covid-19 cases in Saudi Arabia and Qatar totals 238 and 452 respectively

UAE to cancel all pre-approved visas – reports

All holders of the newly-issued visas – visit, tourist and residence – will be barred from entering the country

UAE’s TRA to offer free mobile data to help students with no home internet

This move is to facilitate access to distance learning programmes

UAE suspends entry of residency visa holders abroad, stops issuing work permits

Entry of UAE residents back into the country will be restricted from 12pm on Thursday, March 19

UAE dismisses rumours that it is ‘spraying pesticides’ to curb spread of Covid-19

The UAE has warned people against spreading false information about the coronavirus outbreak

UAE orders all passengers to self-quarantine, bans citizens from travelling abroad

The country has also announced that it will no longer issue visa-on-arrival for travellers

UAE to suspend visas on arrival from March 19

The UAE Embassy in the UK said that the directive will remain in place until further notice

Saudi calls for extraordinary ‘virtual’ G20 summit on Coronavirus next week

G20 leaders would put forward a coordinated set of policies to protect people and safeguard the global economy

Covid-19: Timings of shopping malls in the UAE reduced

The reduced operating hours do not apply to Carrefour, pharmacies or clinics within the malls

Oman lifts curbs on some internet call apps to counter virus

Some Gulf states restrict the use of video calling services because they are encrypted


UAE reports 15 new Covid-19 cases, total now at 113

As of Tuesday, 127,000 individuals had been tested for coronavirus in the UAE