Indian guest workers are brought home
When India on a large scale begins to evacuate citizens trapped abroad during
the corona crisis, the United Arab Emirates is one of the countries that
unemployed guest workers are expected to leave. India will both fly home
migrants and take home workers with ships, but those who accept yes can expect
to pay for the trip. In the United Arab Emirates, there are about 3.3 million
Indians, which make up 30 percent of the Emirate's population. The Emirate state
leadership has demanded that guest workers' home countries act to assist
compatriots. Only India's Dubai consultant has received nearly 200,000
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Skyscraper in flames
In the Emirate of Sharja, it starts burning in a nearly 50-storey skyscraper
containing housing. After several hours, the Emergency Rescue Service gains
control of the fire, but several people are injured. The modern neighborhood of
the United Arab Emirates has witnessed several serious fires. In 2015 it burned
in a skyscraper in Dubai, which for a period was the world's tallest residential
building. The fire caused the Dubai civil defense to purchase advanced equipment
to strengthen its ability to handle fires in skyscrapers. 2016, it burned in a
high-rise building under construction in Abu Dhabi.
World exhibition is postponed for one year
The planned World Expo 2020 exhibition, which is to be held in Dubai, is
postponed for one year to start in October 2021 and concludes in March 2022,
says BIE, the intergovernmental organization based in Paris that coordinates
world exhibitions. The United Arab Emirates has asked to postpone the event as a
result of the global crisis caused by the corona pandemic. It is the Member
States in the organization that make decisions, by vote.
The Emirate-owned shipping company is seeking support for ferries
The DP World Group, which is based in Dubai but accounts for 15 percent of
all freight traffic to and from the UK, has requested financial support from the
UK Government to cope with ferry traffic from collapse due to the corona crisis.
DP World owns the shipping company P&O and is located in London and Southampton.
Seven vessels have been taken out of service because passengers are no longer
allowed to travel, and freight transport is not enough to keep the shipping
company afloat, Sultan Ahmad bin Sulayem, who is the chairman of the board,
tells the BBC. The company has laid off 1,400 employees and the British state
pays 80 percent of their salaries. The British government, which has allocated
support for certain socially important transports, dislikes that DP World
intends to pay a dividend to its owners while demanding state aid.
Cruise ship in port of Dubai
Dubai has received 13 cruise ships under foreign flags that have been denied
port in other countries as a result of the corona pandemic, Emirati officials
say. 29,000 passengers, of which 80% are Europeans, have flown home as well as
10,000 crew members. No one who has been infected with covid-19 has been found.
Oil countries are reducing production
Opec member countries and several non-member oil producing states (Russia,
Mexico and Kazakhstan) agree to reduce their production by a total of 9.7
million barrels per day to raise crude oil prices. The decrease corresponds to
almost a tenth of world production, but it is still uncertain if they succeed in
their ambitions to get more paid for the oil. The severe restrictions imposed by
the world's countries to counter the corona pandemic have caused global demand
to collapse, for example on aviation fuel.
Crisis packages are doubled in corona times
The Emirates central bank doubles a stimulus package announced in March to
protect the country's economy during the corona crisis. The support measures
decided to date are now valued at $ 70 billion. Among other things, they include
strengthening the banks' liquidity, so that borrowers should not suffer from
credit tightening. The day before, Dubai, one of the seven emirates, has
announced that many businesses must close and people stay home for two weeks.
During the period, tests will be carried out in densely populated areas to
clarify the spread of the virus.
Flight stop during corona pandemic
Coronavirus causes the United Arab Emirates, where two deaths from covid-19
disease have been confirmed, to stop all air traffic. The decision is noticeable
not least as the country houses two international major airports (Dubai and Abu
Dhabi). Two weeks later, it is decided to resume certain traffic, for foreign
nationals who want to leave the Emirates, while entry remains prohibited. On
March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the disease as a
pandemic, spreading worldwide.
Sanctions for trade with Iran
The US faces sanctions against five Emirati companies that are believed to
have violated US sanctions against Iran. Companies must have purchased oil from
Iran but have not provided accurate information on the origin of the oil. The
fact that the United States is punishing companies in the UAE is astonishing,
since the United Arab Emirates is counted as Washington's ally, but there is
also a fairly large group of Iranians living in the emirate's trading
Court goes against Dubai's emir
A series of verdicts in the British court opposes the Emir of Dubai and
supports allegations made against him of cruelty to relatives. Princess Haya of
Jordan, who married the emir in 2004 but left Dubai in 2019 with the two common
children, has among other things received support for allegations against the
allegations of threats and harassment (see July 2, 2019).
Dubai's regent is one of the highest powers in the emirate and responsible for
the transformation Dubai has undergone into the regional center for tourism and
business. In the custody dispute, he has demanded that the children be returned
to Dubai. Human rights organizations have previously emphasized that two adult
daughters of the emir are detained in their home country against their will.
Ready for email to Qatar
The Emirate is re-establishing email relations with Qatar via Oman, according
to the UN organization UPU. The relations were cut in 2017, when Qatar became
the subject of boycotts from several neighboring countries, which criticized the
Qatari regime for cooperation with Iran and support for the Sunni Muslim
Brotherhood. The basic insanity has not been resolved, but Saudi Arabia, Bahrain
and Egypt, which participated in the boycott, will open for e-mail, according to
news later in February. Oman and Kuwait are both trying to mediate in the tree
that led to the boycott.
Reduction at the largest airport
For the first time in 20 years, the number of passengers at Dubai
International Airport has dropped by 3.1 percent in one year. In 2019, the
airport (which despite being described as the busiest in the world) had 86.4
Emirate support for Mauritania
The UAE announces that an investment fund will be set up for Mauritania,
which will also receive assistance and credit under "soft" terms. Mauritania
fights jihadists in the Sahel region along with several neighboring countries,
but the country's defense ministry denies reports that the emirate (which
applies zero tolerance to jihadists) should also establish a military base.
EU countries are to patrol the Hormuz Strait
Eight EU countries have supported the decision to provide military protection
to ships in the Hormuz Strait, France's Foreign Ministry said. The force to
patrol the waters is based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (see November 24,
2019). The states that have promised to participate with units
patrolling are France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Greece. The force is set up
as a way of marking the EU's own stance, while at the same time the conflict
around the strait, which is the entrance to the Persian Gulf, is very much about
conflicts between the US and Iran.
Five-year visa for all nationalities
The visa rules are changed so that citizens of all countries can now get a
five-year tourist visa and enter the emirate as many times as they want during
the five-year period. The aim is to make the United Arab Emirates a more
attractive tourist destination, not least before the world exhibition to be held
in Dubai in October 2020.