CW in Focus | UAE's efforts to counter COVID-19

The Dubai govt has rolled out a AED1.5bn package, aimed at reducing costs for businesses and residents

The UAE is ramping up its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus or the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

Following the impact of the pandemic in the UAE, several closures have been implemented across the region.

Temporary closures have been enforced across UAE's entertainment destinations, effective until March end, as per directives issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the Ajman Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Ajman Tourism Development Department.

In addition, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) have declared all public and private beaches, parks, swimming pools, movie theatres, as well as sports halls and lounges closed for a two-week period. 

Among the region's efforts to counter the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is the AED1.5bn stimulus package, which was launched by the Dubai government, under the directives of Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Comprising 15 initiatives that serve retail, trade, tourism and energy sectors, the package is aimed at reducing costs for businesses and residents over the next three months.

Several government as well as non-government entities have announced their shift towards a remote working system, as a precautionary measure. 

Other significant efforts include the Dubai Municpality's recently-announced 11-day disinfection campaign - in collaboration with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) - to clean and sterilise the streets and roads of the emirate.

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, met various government entities as well as medical and administrative teams in public and private hospitals to laud their efforts to curb the spread of the outbreak.

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