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

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UAE reports 518 new Covid-19 cases, four deaths

The health ministry also announced 91 new recoveries

New UAE low cost carrier Air Arabia Abu Dhabi gets ‘operating certificate’

The airline said it will work to finalise the launch date depending on when “market conditions improve and skies are open again”

Why growth hacking strategies can help your business right now

Serial entrepreneur and leadership trainer Spencer Lodge speaks to growth hacker Nader Sabry on digital strategies that convert paying clients

Beyond the Covid-19 crisis: In conversation with Hattem Mattar, founder, The Mattar Farm

Gulf Business Academy trainer Mark Dickinson speaks to Hattem Mattar on life after the crisis

Revealed: Dubai issues list of guidelines for reopening malls, offices

The official date for reopening businesses is expected to be “announced shortly”

Saudi approves Taraweeh prayer in two Holy Mosques

The Taraweeh prayer will be conducted by the Sheikhs and staff of the two Mosques

Abu Dhabi considers reopening malls with precautionary measures in place

Shoppers will be required to wear masks and gloves and maintain social distancing

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GCC Covid-19 update: 1,141 new cases in Saudi; UAE records 483 new infections

The total number of Covid-19 infections in the UAE and Saudi Arabia have spiked to 8,238 and 12,772 respectively

Oman extends lockdown of Muscat; bans gatherings during Ramadan

The security measures and checkpoints that have been put in place in Muscat will continue till Friday, May 8

Dubai’s Emirates says will resume services ‘as soon as conditions allow’

The airline is currently operating limited repatriation passenger flights to certain destinations

Saudi announces revised curfew hours during Ramadan

Saudi Arabia imposed an evening curfew across the kingdom in March to curb the spread of Covid-19

UAE extends deadline to submit VAT returns to May 28

The move will facilitate businesses and service providers to meet their obligations without facing any difficulties

Video: Field hospitals for Covid-19 patients to open in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

The facilities are being set up in Emirates Humanitarian City, Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center and Dubai Parks and Resorts

BIE agrees proposal to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai, final vote by May 29

To confirm the change in dates, the decision will need to receive approval from two-thirds majority of member states of the BIE

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GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 490 new cases, 3 deaths; Saudi registers 1,147 cases

Since the outbreak, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have recorded 7,755 and 11,631 Covid-19 infections respectively

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Bahrain F1 circuit engineers manufacture ventilators, share blueprints worldwide

The device which can be used for non-ICU patients in need of respiratory assistance has already received approval from Bahrain’s Ministry of Health

Emirates staff to wear protective gear amid Covid-19 concerns

The gear includes a protective disposable gown over their uniforms, and a safety visor, in addition to masks and gloves

UAE’s Virtuzone launches free online marketplace for SMEs

The platform will allow businesses to offer time sensitive deals to customers

Trump says he will ‘suspend immigration’ to US over virus concerns

The US President did not offer specifics, such as the time frame or the scope of who would be affected

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Watch: Dubai builds a Covid-19 isolation centre at Rashid Hospital in under a week

The time-lapse video includes footage of engineers and welders working together to construct the facility which was reportedly built to international standards


Rivoli to offer free optical lenses to all doctors, nurses and healthcare staff in the UAE

They need to visit any Rivoli EyeZone store across the country and present their work ID to avail of the offer

India bans flights indefinitely in extreme step to contain virus

The order applies to local and foreign airlines

UAE issues five fatwas regarding Ramadan fasting and prayers amid Covid-19 crisis

Frontline medical workers are permitted not to fast while on duty if they fear that fasting could lead to weakening their immunity

Sheikh Mohammed announces 10 million Ramadan meals; UAE’s biggest-ever community programme

A website 10millionmeals.ae has been launched to promote this campaign and to explain how individuals can contribute to the initiative

Real estate in Saudi will temporarily slow before growth in the long-term – Savills

Government stimulus packages and previous experience with coronavirus will allow for quick and effective measures to combat slump, says real estate consultancy

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UAE reports 477 new cases, total tally at 6,302

The death toll from the virus in the country has also risen to 37

Dubai extends 24-hour sterilisation drive for another week, restrictions to remain

Dubai residents, excluding employees of vital sectors, will continue to require movement permits to leave their homes

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Update: Dubai residents can get only one movement permit every three days

Employees of vital sectors do not need to apply for the movement permit, but instead will require a letter from their employer confirming their necessity to commute

UAE’s GEMS Education to cut school fees by up to 50% for families impacted by virus

Parents who have experienced income reductions, lost their jobs or businesses, or been placed on unpaid leave can avail the discounts