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IN PICTURES: Dubai residents on weekend grocery run as COVID cases continue to rise

Against the backdrop of a continuing increase in the number of COVID-positive cases, life goes on for Dubai residents who took time over the weekend for their grocery run. The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHaP, on Sunday April 5, announced 294 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the UAE, bringing the total numberContinue reading “IN PICTURES: Dubai residents on weekend grocery run as COVID cases continue to rise”

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COVID FRONTLINERS: Filipina chef in Dubai gives to the community, sends free food

DUBAI: With much of the city in limbo brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, a Good Samaritan Filipina chef, who owns a classy restaurant, dishing out authentic Japanese cuisine, has stood up to give to the community despite facing bleak prospects for her business in this most uncertain of times. Virginia Baby Sorongon, who hasContinue reading “COVID FRONTLINERS: Filipina chef in Dubai gives to the community, sends free food”

Dubai suspends metro operations; extends sterilization drive across the city

COVID-19 tests to be conducted in densely populated areas DUBAI: The government has temporarily suspended operations of the Dubai Metro as part of a city-wide 24-hour sterilization drive that started last night and will be in effect for the next two weeks. In a series of tweets also last night, the Dubai Media Office, taskedContinue reading “Dubai suspends metro operations; extends sterilization drive across the city”

UAE extends re-entry suspension of residence visa holders for 2 more weeks

UAE residence visa holders stranded outside the country will have to hold out for two more weeks following a decision by the government to extend the suspension of their re-entry into the country, which was first imposed on March 19, 2020 as part of anti-COVID-19 measures. “The UAE has decided to renew, from today andContinue reading “UAE extends re-entry suspension of residence visa holders for 2 more weeks”

Filipino ER nurse in England takes it tough against coronavirus

‘Na-exposed po ako sa COVID-19 positive patients and I started having flu symptoms after a few days. I am fine naman na. Just regaining strength for another fight…laban lang!’ – Teresa G. Lareza DUBAI: In this time of coronavirus, a certain group of dedicated people working at the front lines of the war against theContinue reading “Filipino ER nurse in England takes it tough against coronavirus”

COVID-19: No fines for expired UAE visas

“All people holding any kind of UAE visas or residency will be exempted from any fines for a renewable period of three months.” — Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of the Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai DUBAI: Resident visa holders in the UAE who have been stranded outside theContinue reading “COVID-19: No fines for expired UAE visas”

STORYTELLER: Dubai by night – that long taxi ride home

Past 4am. Must’ve been standing there by an empty road for about half an hour waiting for a cab when finally one came along. Hopped in and was greeted by a bulky driver all smiles at me. Why not? His shift was about to be over and me his last passenger. “Clock Tower,” I said.Continue reading “STORYTELLER: Dubai by night – that long taxi ride home”

Dubai’s historic Al Ras on ‘heightened restrictions’

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced “heightened restrictions on the movement of people and traffic” for the next two weeks in Al Ras, a densely-populated community, and one of the emirate’s oldest with its traditional souks and narrow alleyways. Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported that the restrictions are meant to “facilitateContinue reading “Dubai’s historic Al Ras on ‘heightened restrictions’”

COVID-19: Dubai in pictures

As 63 new coronavirus cases are reported, which brought the total at 468, the UAE government extended its nationwide disinfection drive for an additional week to contain the outbreak. The drive started in the evening of Thursday March 26 and was supposed to end tomorrow, Sunday March 19. Measures have been put in place includingContinue reading “COVID-19: Dubai in pictures”

UAE to suspend public transportation this weekend as part of COVID-19 measures

Public transportation, including buses and the metro, will grind to a halt starting tonight till Sunday to make way for the “National Disinfection Programme,” which entails a complete sterilization of all public utilities during the weekend. This was announced early today by the Emirates News Agency (ENA) citing the  Ministry of Health Prevention (MoHAP) andContinue reading “UAE to suspend public transportation this weekend as part of COVID-19 measures”