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Registration opens for Indians in the UAE seeking to return home

Officials said the decision on resumption of passenger flights to India “will be taken in due course”

UAE petrol prices for May declared

Super 98 petrol will cost Dhs1.91 per litre, while Special 95 is priced at Dhs1.80 per litre

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First Abu Dhabi Bank reports 22% decrease in year-on-year Q1 2020 net profit

Meanwhile, the value of total assets of the UAE’s largest bank rose 14 per cent to Dhs835bn

Dubai reduces instant licence fee by over 90 per cent to Dhs250

For existing licence holders, the new fee will apply at the time of renewals

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Kuwaiti MPs call for stricter rules for expats to get driving licences

MP Safa Al-Hashem claimed several expats present fake contracts stipulating high salaries as a means to obtain a driving licence

Saudi signs $265m deal with China to fight virus

The deal will provide the Saudis nine million kits with a capacity to test 50,000 people per day

Dubai’s DIFC says employers can reduce pay during Covid-19 crisis without employee consent

The new directives will remain effective from April 21 – July 31, 2020

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New ‘ALHOSN UAE’ Covid-19 app launched to coordinate efforts to contain the virus

The free app will be the official digital platform for Covid-19 test results in the UAE

Saudi wealth fund seeking ‘any opportunity’ amid virus

The Public Investment Fund has stepped up deal-making in a bid to become the world’s biggest manager of sovereign capital

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Saudi Arabia eases curfew and business restrictions across the country, except in Makkah

On April 25, Saudi reported 1,197 new Covid-19 cases with the highest number of new cases detected in Makkah

Dubai eases movement restrictions, allows malls and offices to partially reopen

Public transport services, including Dubai Metro services, will resume from Sunday, April 26

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UAE changes timings of national disinfection drive during Ramadan

Certain stores will now be allowed to operate from 6am until 10pm

Dubai Metro likely to resume services within a “maximum period of one week”

The metro will operate between 7am-7pm during the first phase of the planned reopening of the public transport system

Dubai bans gatherings of more than 10 people during Ramadan

Physical contact including handshakes and hugs are strictly prohibited during these gatherings

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Dubai’s DIFC Courts introduces video conferencing to register wills online

A testator and two witnesses can join via video conferencing from different locations

UAE telecom operator du reports 21% decrease in net income for Q1 2020

It also reported revenues of Dhs2.99bn for Q1 2020, down 4.8 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2019

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Abu Dhabi launches new committee to protect private sector workers’ rights

The committee will ensure the existence of valid employment contracts and that workers are receiving their salaries

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

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

Sheikh Mohammed approves draft of new UAE national security law

It involves setting up a taskforce as well as the possibility of converting government buildings into medical facilities

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New evaluation system for UAE university students, no dismissals during Covid-19 crisis

Students can choose a ‘pass’ or ‘no pass’ evaluation instead of a grade

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

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

UAE announces working hours for Ramadan 2020

It added that the public sector bodies must continue to abide by the relevant remote working circulars issued to their departments

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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 cabinet approves new paid leave policy for select government employees

Married employees may take fully paid leave to take care of children below the age of 16

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UAE ministry cuts work permit fees by up to 94%

The move is aimed at supporting business owners and investors in the country

Saudi intercepts two missiles headed towards Makkah, Jeddah

The kingdom’s air defense forces destroyed the ballistic missiles over Taif

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UAE public and private sector to have same number of national holidays

New decree aims at achieving a “balance between the two sectors”, the government said

UAE issues special coins, bank note to commemorate Year of Zayed

A total of 5,000 silver commemorative coins weighing 60 grams will be issued