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Free Covid-19 tests for all hospitality staff in Ras Al Khaimah

Hospitality staff testing will be carried out across the 45 hotels in the emirate

New ‘DUBAI ASSURED’ stamp to confirm health protocols at hotels, restaurants and tourist establishments

The stamp is issued free of charge and is valid for 15 days

Dubai bars and pubs ordered to stop serving alcohol until further notice

Licensed restaurants in Dubai can continue to serve alcohol

Abu Dhabi launches Covid-19 self-assessment safety certification for hotels, tourist destinations

The certification will cover malls, theme parks, restaurants and public spaces too

Gulf Business Talks: How can the GCC’s hospitality sector emerge from the Covid-19 crisis?

In this exclusive webinar, hear from experts on what lies ahead for the regional hospitality sector

Sharjah’s Shurooq to reopen its hospitality and leisure destinations

The move has been made in adherence to the UAE government’s health and safety protocols

Abu Dhabi restaurants, cafés must cap occupancy at 40%; restrict entry for customers below 12 and above 60

In case a food handler contracts the virus, the establishment must be closed

Dubai permits swimming pools to reopen, water sports to resume

A strict set of guidelines has been issued for operators and visitors

All residents returning to Dubai to be quarantined for 14 days

They will be tested for Covid-19 at the airport itself and will have the option to quarantine at home or a hotel

Hotel Data Cloud

UN recognises Dubai tech startup for efforts to spur tourism industry

Hotel Data Cloud also disseminates information regarding hotels’ ongoing precautionary measures to protect against the Covid-19 virus

Dubai Tourism outlines steps for post-pandemic recovery plan

The virtual meeting was attended by representatives from the city’s aviation and hospitality sectors

Abu Dhabi issues guidelines for hotels to reopen

Restaurants and lounges will have to cap visitors numbers at 30 per cent of the total capacity

Dubai restaurants now allowed to serve alcohol

Restaurants will have to follow strict measure when serving customers

Exclusive video: Tracing the journey of Dubai’s JA Resorts with Dutco chairman Ahmed Baker

JA Resorts and Hotels has now become an international hospitality brand with eight properties

Dubai’s F&B outlets say they are losing over Dhs1bn on a monthly basis

The two most significant issues causing negative cashflow problems are rental obligations and employee liability issues, say operators

Dubai’s Al Habtoor says may have to cut jobs if pandemic continues

The Al Habtoor Group owns seven hotels in Dubai as well as car dealerships, residential properties and schools


Covid-19 GCC update: UAE reports 564 cases; Saudi registers 1,552 infections

The Covid-19-induced death toll in the UAE and Saudi Arabia has risen to 126 and 184 respectively

Abu Dhabi City United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ acquires 100% ownership of National Petroleum Construction Company

ADQ assumed complete ownership of NPCC after acquiring 30 per cent shares previously held by Consolidated Contractors International Company

Abu Dhabi issues guidelines for reopening restaurants, lounges and bars in hotels

Some of the requirements include testing all staff for Covid-19, installing thermal cameras and ensuring social distancing protocols are in place

Hospitality group Hyatt launches fund to support financially strained staff

Initially, grants will be prioritised for colleagues who are neither working nor stand eligible for government assistance

Dubai trade event Arabian Travel Market cancels 2020 edition

The next edition of the region’s largest travel fair will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 16-19, 2021

Ajman Crown Prince postpones all business fines; announces new economic incentives

The new economic stimulus package provides relief to businesses operating across foreign trade, customs, tourism and real estate sectors

French hotel group Accor launches fund to assist employees

Accor confirmed that it currently has more than $2.7bn in cash on hand and an undrawn revolving credit facility of $1.3bn

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed reiterates UAE’s Covid-19 preparedness

On Monday, the UAE reported two additional Covid-19 deaths and 41 new cases, taking the total number of cases in the country to 611

Dubai orders all pubs, bars and lounges to close until the end of this month

The emirate has already ordered all nightclubs, cinemas, theme parks, spas and gyms to close as a precautionary measure

Emaar to stop taking bookings at three Dubai hotels as Covid-19 hits demand

Bookings will be suspended at the Address Fountain Views, Vida Creek Harbour and Vida Emirates Hills from March 15 to August 31

Abu Dhabi announces rules to regulate holiday home market

Holiday home owners in the emirate will now have to pay a tourism fee amounting to 6 per cent of the guest’s bill

Emirates reopens resort in Australia after bushfires led to its temporary closure

The One&Only Wolgan Valley resort in Australia reopened in early February

EDITION Abu Dhabi hotel

Abu Dhabi’s EDITION hotel offers a comprehensive MICE space

There are over 1,500 sqm of private event space including three individual conference rooms

Hotel operator Rotana appoints new CEO, president

Guy Hutchinson has held the position of acting CEO since January 2019