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UAE Press: Road map to easing COVID-19 restrictions

ABU DHABI, 13th February, 2022 (WAM) — A UAE newspaper has said that as countries around the world gradually relax COVID-19 related rules, the UAE has announced the cancellation of coronavirus restrictions on attendance capacity for activities and events in all economic and tourist facilities, shopping malls and transportation modes, to operate at full capacity by mid-February.

In an editorial on Sunday, Gulf News said that the easing of restrictions has come as a result of the decline in the number of daily detected infections in the UAE which point to an improvement in the overall epidemiological situation. The daily COVID-19 figures have declined markedly in recent weeks from an 11-month high of 3,116 infections on January 15 to 1,474 on Friday.

The paper continued, "The authorities have hailed the public as the cornerstone of the recovery from the pandemic. The UAE’s massive investments in health care, rapid response from health authorities and high levels of testing and vaccination have been instrumental in dealing with coronavirus."

Overall, Omicron appears to be causing less severe disease than the previous Covid variants and governments around the world are taking cautious steps towards reopening national economies.

Bahrain has announced easing of COVID-19 curbs by opening all activities and business sectors for vaccinated and unvaccinated people from February 15.

In Europe, the UK is lifting almost all remaining coronavirus restrictions, dropping its guidance on wearing face masks on public transportation and in classrooms, encouraging workers to return to their offices and ending the requirement that people show vaccine certificates or proof of recovery from a recent coronavirus infection to enter large public events.

Other European powers are following suit. The Dutch government is easing its COVID-19 restrictions while France has relaxed Covid travel restrictions for people arriving from the UK. The move could mean a big boost for cross-Channel transport operators.

With a drop in coronavirus infections and hospitalisations, several US states, including Nevada, New York and Illinois have ended mask mandates for indoor settings. In Asia, top economies like India have announced it no longer requires pre-departure RT-PCR for those fully vaccinated in 82 countries; at-risk categorisation has also been scrapped.

As nations move to lift capacity limits in public places, the public must not lower its guard and continue to abide by key safety measures to ensure that the journey to normality is as smooth as possible, the daily said.

"While government and health authorities in the UAE are doing their utmost to address the pandemic’s repercussions, ultimately the role of general public to overcome the COVID-19 crisis cannot be underestimated," concluded the Dubai-based daily.

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Dubai Police warns against Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles

36 children have been rescued since January 2022

 The Dubai Police General Command has issued an advisory to parents and motorists on the deadly consequences of leaving children unattended inside vehicles, especially during hot weather, when temperatures can reach 70°C in parked vehicles.

The Land Rescue Teams at the General Department of Transport and Rescue confirmed that since the beginning of the current year (2022), 36 children had been rescued from locked vehicles which had posed a severe threat to their lives.

The Dubai Police urged parents and children guardians never to leave children alone unattended inside cars either by mistake or to run errands, even for a short period, noting that failing to protect and ensure children’s safety is punishable by the Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 on Child Rights.

Butti Al Falasi, Director of the Security Awareness Department at Dubai Police, confirmed that Dubai Police works tirelessly to analyze and tackle all safety and security-related issues all year round.

“We’ve spotted, on several occasions, parental negligence that thoughtlessly leaves children unattended inside cars either by mistake or to run errands unaware of the grave danger,” he added.

“Moreover, we urge parents and guardians not to leave their vehicles easily accessible and unlocked for children, so they do not climb into and lock themselves inside,” he continued.

It is worth noting that leaving children unattended inside vehicles could lead to suffocation, loss of consciousness and even death because of extreme heat and lack of oxygen.

 

 

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Do you know the man in the picture?

Dubai Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man in the picture.

The man, who was found dead in the jurisdiction area of Al Raffa Police Station, had no identification documents on him, and no one has reported him missing yet.

The body is currently at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology to determine the cause of death.

Any information to help identify the deceased can be forwarded to the Dubai Police Call Centre (04)901.

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Mohammed bin Rashid: UAE’s non-oil foreign trade rises to more than AED one trillion in the first half of 2022

UAE- Abu Dhabi – 22 August 2022- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai affirmed that the UAE’s non-oil trade achieved a breakthrough during the first half of 2022, as it exceeded AED one trillion, recording a growth rate of 17% over the last half of the year 2021.

His Highness said: “For the first time, the UAE Non-oil foreign trade exceeds AED one trillion in just half a year.. We reached one trillion and 53 billion dirhams, recording an increase of 17% over the previous half year.

 

 Our economic growth is progressive, our trade environment and infrastructure are the best and our economic approach is stable, fair and open to everyone… The growth of our economy will continue its strong pace in the coming year.”

 

The UAE’s non-oil foreign trade recorded a new achievement in the first half of this year, amounting to one trillion and 53 billion dirhams, for the first time in its history. This number reflects a growth rate of 17% compared to the first half of 2021, and an increase of 25% and 35% compared to the same period in the years of 2020 and 2019 respectively.

These numbers reaffirm the success of the UAE’s strategic directions and visions in accelerating a full recovery after the overcome of the negative repercussions of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic on international trade.

H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, the UAE Minister of Economy, said that UAE is working nonstop to enhance its regional and global leadership and its position at the heart of the global trade networks by adopting commercial and economic openness and strengthening its infrastructure and legislative framework.

Bin Touq added that this outcome marks the beginning of an unprecedented phase of economic development in the history of the country, and it is the result of the integrated efforts and initiatives announced by the UAE government as part of the “Projects of the 50.”

 

 

 

 

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said: “The unprecedented performance demonstrated by the non-oil foreign trade can be attributed to the forward-looking vision of the wise leadership, which aims to expand the UAE’s trade with the world and position it as a major contributor to the doubling of the national economy by 2030.”

H.E. also explained that this achievement came as a result of the forward-looking plans and various initiatives undertaken by the UAE to develop and diversify its exports had a significant impact in achieving this record growth in trade performance in just six months.

During the first half of 2022, the UAE’s non-oil exports, achieved about AED 180 billion for the first time in its history. Recording a growth rate of 8% compared to the same period in 2021, an increase of 53% compared to the first half of 2020, 50 % compared to the same period in 2019, and a growth rate of 69% with the same period of 2018. It nearly doubled compared to what it had recorded during the same period in 2017.

In terms of re-export, the UAE recorded unprecedented achievement during the first half of 2022. It approached the barrier of AED 300 billion for the first time in its history. The results showed a high growth rates compared to previous years, as they increased by 20%, 51%, 16% and 23% compared to same periods in 2021 2020, 2019, and 2018, respectively.

Also, the UAE’s imports increased by approaching the barrier of AED 580 billion during the first half of 2022, for the first time in its history as well. It recorded a growth of 19% compared to the same period in 2021, 49% compared to the same period of 2020, 24% compared to the first half of 2019, and 25% compared to the same period in 2018.

On the other hand, the contribution of imports from the UAE’s non-oil trade, has decreased to 55%, while the share of non-oil exports became 17%. In addition, the share of re-exports reached 28%.

These results reveal that national exports have achieved great growth and remarkable activity, which increased its contribution to the country’s non-oil trade.

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