#Covid-19

Indian embassy in Kuwait temporarily halts online registration for repatriation

The embassy said the service will resume after initial registrations have been accommodated

Razeen Field Hospital Abu Dhabi

UAE reports 796 new Covid-19 cases; Abu Dhabi inaugurates 250-bed field hospital

There are four more field hospitals under construction in Abu Dhabi

What role do GCC banks play in the current economic crisis?

Although the Covid-19 situation is straining financial institutions, banks have a major role to play in keeping economies buoyant during the current crisis and beyond

Explainer: Understanding cryptocurrency trading in the region

As Abu Dhabi prepares to launch regulated crypto trading later this year, Leon Smith, CEO of crypto firm DEX, explains how the system works

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Abu Dhabi issues new guidelines for businesses reopening

Officials said low risk individuals are eligible to be in the workplace, but urged remote working wherever possible

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UAE reports 747 new Covid-19 cases, total death toll reaches 210

The new cases were confirmed following 38,000 additional tests conducted in the country

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GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 698 cases, Saudi registers 2,039 infections

The death toll in the UAE and Saudi Arabia has risen to 208 and 283 respectively

Saudi Arabia boosts food spending at home and abroad to secure supply

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the kingdom introduced two initiatives worth $665m to support farmers and facilitate food imports

IEA head sees oil use below pre-virus levels for at least a year

Crude demand of about 100 million barrels a day prior to the pandemic plummeted by about 30 per cent last month

UAE may merge ministries post-coronavirus – Sheikh Mohammed

The UAE government held a three-day virtual summit to develop a post-virus strategy

Vox Cinemas launches drive-in cinema in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

Tickets will be priced per car and includes an F&B package

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Sheikh Mohammed grants 10-year Gold Card visas to Dubai doctors battling Covid-19

Gold Card holders are granted long-term residency visas covering them and their families without the need of a sponsor

GCC Covid-19 update: Saudi registers 1,905 cases; Kuwait records 7 deaths

The death toll in Saudi Arabia has risen to 273

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IATA calls on Saudi Arabia for support amid mounting virus concerns

According to IATA estimates, revenues generated by airlines in the Saudi market will fall by $7.2bn in 2020

Dubai’s Emirates to resume scheduled passenger flights starting next week

The airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia

Dubai family businesses seek VAT cut and government help to repatriate expat workers

Representatives of family businesses met with Dubai government officials last month

Dubai reveals ‘reopening’ plan post Ramadan for malls, offices

Malls will be allowed to stay open longer but restrictions on children, elderly to continue

Bahrain distributes Covid-19 ‘care packages’ to nationals in US, UK

The boxes are dispatched directly by local embassies in the respective countries

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE registers 783 cases; Saudi reports 1,911 infections

Since the outbreak, the UAE has recorded a total of 19,661 cases

What will be the impact of Saudi’s VAT hike on businesses and consumers?

The kingdom has hiked its VAT rate from 5 per cent to 15 per cent starting July 1

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GCC Covid-19 update: UAE registers 680 infections; Kuwait reports 7 deaths; Saudi cases cross 41,000

The death toll in Saudi Arabia and the UAE has risen to 255 and 201 respectively

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UAE private sector employers cannot terminate staff infected with Covid-19 – ministry

Those infected with the coronavirus must be granted sick leave in line with the UAE law

UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim to launch City Centre Al Zahia in March 2021

The upcoming mall spans 136,200 sqm of gross leasable space and will become the largest mall in the Northern Emirates once inaugurated

Message from the top: Jack Long, CEO, Tecno Mobiles ME

As companies across the GCC tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, regional business leaders reveal insights on what their organisations are doing and offer advice on how to deal with the current crisis

Message from the top: Hisham Farouk, UAE CEO, Grant Thornton

As companies across the GCC tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, regional business leaders reveal insights on what their organisations are doing and offer advice on how to deal with the current crisis

Saudi Arabia triples VAT, cuts cost of living allowances

The steps taken to shore up revenue and rationalise spending are valued at about SAR100bn in total

BRF’s Sadia commits to 1.4 million meals across the GCC amid Covid-19 concerns

The company has set up a Covid-19 Response Fund worth $1m and has collaborated with government entities and charitable associations to assist regional communities

Bahrain sells riskiest Eurobond since market reopened

The 10-year bonds yield 7.375 per cent, a substantial yield premium that has attracted more than $7.5bn so far

Message from the top: Ismail Al Hammadi, CEO, Al Ruwad Real Estate

As companies across the GCC tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, regional business leaders reveal insights on what their organisations are doing and offer advice on how to deal with the current crisis