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Another Filipina nurse dies of coronavirus in UAE

May 15, 2020 - 11:48 AM

A Filipino mechanic known for his dedicated volunteer work also dies after contracting COVID-19 in Dubai

BACK TO WORK. Workers dressed in protective clothing walk past jewelers' shops at the Dubai Gold Souk in the United Arab Emirates on May 13, 2020, as markets reopen amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Filipina nurse in UAE dies of coronavirus on Mother's Day

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'A hero who has given her life to something bigger than oneself,' the Philippine Nurses Association's UAE chapter says in its Facebook post honoring charge nurse Janette Daywan Alano

MOTHER. This file photo shows Janette Daywan Alano, a Filipina nurse in UAE who died of the coronavirus. File photo from PNA-UAE

Coronavirus death toll among Pinoys in UAE rises to 27

May 09, 2020 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 23 Filipinos died of the coronavirus in Dubai alone

AT HOME IN DUBAI. A man wearing a face mask gazes at the Dubai skyline as the city was placed on lockdown on April 4, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Life of luxury: Dubai's huge service sector faces unsure future

May 07, 2020 - 8:50 PM

While some lockdown measures are lifted and many businesses are reopening, uncertainty remains for both employers and employees in Dubai

UAE. Cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Expo 2020 Dubai postponed by 1 year to October 2021

May 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The multibillion-dollar Expo 2020 Dubai is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

UAE airlines say years needed to restore demand

May 03, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Emirates and Etihad executives reiterate that until an effective vaccine for COVID-19 becomes widely available, how passengers fly will be different

IN THE RED. An Etihad Airways plane takes off in London on May 13, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Among first Filipino nurses in his UAE hospital, Marlon Jimenea dies of COVID-19

May 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

His wife, healthcare assistant Merry Janet, says Marlon didn’t show signs of breaking down, so they both took his condition lightly. He died in the ICU, where he worked.

FAMILY. Marlon Jimenea with wife, Merry Janet and daughter, Marianne Jane.

UAE considers reopening malls after virus shutdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates request a study into 'the possibility of reopening commercial centers...while taking into consideration health requirements'

A picture shows the closed compound of the Dubai Mall amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on March 23, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

No last goodbye for Gulf migrant workers lost to pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:21 PM

OFWs are among the migrants who die alone in the Middle East because of the coronavirus

Employees transport the body of a COVID-19 victim to be cremated at the New Sonapur Hindu crematorium in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai on April 19, 2020. The body of the Indian migrant who died from coronavirus far from home was kept inside the ambulance in front of the crematorium in case a friend came by for a last goodbye. But nearly an hour later no one had appeared, and the workers in protective suits had to carry out their grim task. In silence, the four men carefully moved the body, wrapped in a white plastic bag, to a furnace where it was reduced to ashes that were placed in a silver box. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Abu Dhabi borrows $7 billion as low oil prices bite

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Abu Dhabi says its bond offering was oversubscribed by more than 6 times

A genral view taken on May 29, 2019 shows the sea front promenade in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi with the ADNOC headquarters (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) office complex (C) in the foreground on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)

Emirates launches first rapid virus test for passengers

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Emirates says passengers bound for Tunisia were all tested at the airport's check-in area before they left Dubai, with results released within 10 minutes

Dubai suspends marriage and divorce during virus lockdown

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Justice Khaled al-Hawsni of the family court says couples who have already completed marriage formalities must not organize wedding parties 'even among their immediate circles'

EMPTY. Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

30 organizations urge Gulf governments to unblock VoIP platforms

Apr 08, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Access Now, alongside 29 other organizations, petitions the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman to permanently lift a ban on VoIP services

Filipina chef gives free food to displaced OFWs in Dubai

Apr 07, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Chef Virginia Baby Sorongon has launched a food drive to help fellow Filipinos displaced by the temporary closure of businesses in Dubai amid the coronavirus pandemic

GOOD SAMARITAN. Chef Virginia Baby Sorongon (middle) launched a food drive in Dubai to help fellow Filipinos in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Virginia Baby Sorongon

UAE airlines resume limited passenger flights

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The flights are open to foreign citizens who wish to leave the United Arab Emirates, but no incoming passengers are allowed

Mask-clad passengers bound for Frankfurt walk past check-in counters at Dubai International Airport on April 6, 2020, as Emirates Airline resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after its COVID-19 coronavirus-enforced stoppage. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

UAE doubles stimulus to counter coronavirus impact

Apr 05, 2020 - 3:55 PM

The United Arab Emirates' stimulus package is now at $70 billion

UAE. A general view of cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Dubai tightens measures during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The Dubai government imposes the tighter restrictions after the United Arab Emirates records 241 new COVID-19 infections

NO ENTRY. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on January 29, 2020. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

UAE officially asks to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions says it will hold a virtual meeting on April 21 to discuss 'options for a change of dates'

EXPO 2020. Construction workers are pictured on the site of the French pavilion building, which is scheduled to open during the Expo 2020, in Dubai on March 3, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

No fines for expired UAE visas

Apr 04, 2020 - 12:02 AM

'All people holding any kind of UAE visas or residency will be exempted from any fines for a renewable period of 3 months,' says a senior immigration official

Emirates to resume limited passenger flights

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Dubai-owned carrier Emirates will partially resume flights starting Monday, April 6

EMIRATES. An Emirates plane prepares to land at the Dubai International Airport on September 14, 2017. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Dubai to inject capital into grounded Emirates Airline

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) The statement of Dubai's crown prince does not specify the size of the intervention, but says more details will be announced later

EMIRATES. An Emirates plane prepares to land at the Dubai International Airport on September 14, 2017. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Expo 2020 Dubai organizers recommend 1-year postponement

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:45 AM

A final decision on postponement will be made by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions

Construction workers are pictured on the site of the French pavilion building, which is scheduled to open during the Expo 2020, in Dubai on March 3 ,2020. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Coronavirus shutdowns to hit Dubai's economic lifeline

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The Dubai economy, already stressed by a downturn, is poised to suffer a blow from the coronavirus

Sunbeds are seen empty at the Jumeirah Beach residence in Dubai on March 22, 2020 following the closure of all beaches by authorities amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

UAE reports first 2 deaths from coronavirus

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:00 AM

One of the individuals was a 78-year old Arab national who had arrived in the country from Europe. The other individual, a 58-year-old Asian national and resident of the UAE, had prior chronic illnesses.

DESERTED. This picture taken on March 20, 2020 shows a view of an almost deserted market in the center of the Gulf emirate of Sharjah, following government instructions for people to remain at home in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

UAE visas issued before March cutoff canceled

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Visa cancellation is part of efforts by the UAE government to address concerns about the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus

Filipino coronavirus patient in UAE fully recovers

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Of the 98 COVID-19 patients in the United Arab Emirates, 5 are Filipinos

DUBAI SKYLINE. A picture taken on December 25, 2019, shows the skyline of Dubai with Burj Al Arab (R) and Burj Khalifa(L), the world's tallest building. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

UAE confirms 15 new coronavirus cases; total now at 74

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:41 PM

The number of those who have recovered from the disease climbs to 17

DUBAI. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

PH embassy, consulate in UAE implement measures vs coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:48 PM

All clients will undergo thermal screening, with those having body temperature higher than 37°C to be asked to come another day and consult a doctor

Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. - The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

UAE coronavirus cases jump to 45

Mar 07, 2020 - 4:16 PM

The United Arab Emirates records 15 new cases and 7 recoveries

DUBAI SKYLINE. A picture taken on December 25, 2019, shows the skyline of Dubai with Burj Al Arab (R) and Burj Khalifa(L), the world’s tallest building.
Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

UAE reminds public of preventive measures as coronavirus cases jump to 27

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The government also orders the closure of all schools for 4 weeks, starting March 8

EMERGENCY. This picture picture taken on February 28, 2020 shows an ambulance and an emergency medical response team on the scene at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, where two Italian cyclists participating in the UAE Tour tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Photo by AFP

Don’t share unofficial information about COVID-19 – Dubai police

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Dubai police issue the reminder as two luxury hotels in neighboring Abu Dhabi were in lockdown after two guests were suspected to be COVID-19 cases

POLICE SPOKESPERSON. Lt Khalid Mohammed B. Banasser. Photo by Jojo Dass

Your UAE visit or residence visa application can be rejected for these reasons

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Absconding and credit card issues top the list

REASONS FOR REJECTION. A travel manager at MPQ Tourism, a travel agency that processes visas, shares two main reasons why UAE visa applications get rejected. Photo by Jojo Dass

UAE falcon hospital a window into Emirati tradition

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'Here, falcons are not considered birds, they are considered children of the Bedouins because, historically, falcons were used to hunt meat, allowing the Bedouin’s family to survive in this very harsh desert life.'

Margit Gabriele Muller (L) responsible for veterinary operations at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, preforms minor surgery on a falcon in the Emirati capital on January 27, 2020. The Abu Dhabi facility is the world's largest falcon hospital, frequented by falconers from across the Gulf region. As well as check-ups and routine trimming of talons, it also conducts complicated surgery and offers a training programme for veterinary students from more than 40 countries to learn about avian medicine.  GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

UAE confirms 2 new coronavirus cases, one of them another Filipino

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The Ministry of Health and Prevention says the two new cases – a Filipino and a Bangladeshi, both in their 30s – had close contact with the recently confirmed COVID-19 cases

DUBAI. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29, 2020. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

UAE issues license for 1st Arab nuclear power plant

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The UAE has substantial energy reserves, but with a power-hungry population of 10 million it has made huge investments in developing alternative power sources including solar

FIRST IN THE ARAB WORLD. A handout picture obtained from the media office of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant on February 13, 2020, shows a view of the power plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. AFP PHOTO/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

UAE confirms 8th novel coronavirus case

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:18 PM

An Indian who had interacted with a recently diagnosed person is the 8th person to be infected with the novel coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates, say health officials

DUBAI SKYLINE. A picture taken on December 25, 2019, shows the skyline of Dubai with Burj Al Arab (R) and Burj Khalifa(L), the world's tallest building. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Depression among OFWs: 'The struggle is real'

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:55 PM

OFWs are vulnerable to depression as they live away from their families and have to overcome language and cultural barriers, say experts

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

U.N. expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:29 PM

The UN experts conclude 'the arms embargo was ineffective, and resulted in regular maritime and air transfers to Libya of military material'

IN RUINS. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2019, Libyans check the site of an air strike in which three children were killed and others wounded on the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

EU removes Switzerland, UAE from tax haven list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The European Union says Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries which have implemented tax reforms

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Philippines, UAE sign pact vs human trafficking

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The agreement seeks to combat human trafficking and ensure the protection, rescue, and rehabilitation of victims

SIGNED AGREEMENT. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan sign an MOU combatting human trafficking. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Yemen government accuses UAE of launching air strikes on its troops

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:18 AM

A tweet from a deputy foreign minister says: 'The Yemeni government condemns the Emirati air strikes against government forces in the interim capital Aden and in Zinjibar, which resulted in civilian and military casualties'

Fighters of the Fighters of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, ride atop a tank in Yemen's southern coastal town of Shuqrah, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on August 27, 2019. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call earlier this week for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes. AFP, dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, ride atop a tank in Yemen's southern coastal town of Shuqrah, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on August 27, 2019. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call earlier this week for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes. AFP

UAE prince visits Saudi, urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia's King Salman near Mecca, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan says dialogue is 'the only way to resolve differences between Yemenis'

A handout picture provided by the Ministry of Presidential affairs-Abu Dhabi on August 12, 2019, shows Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz near the holy city of Mecca during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on today and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen, after deadly clashes there between government loyalists and UAE-backed forces. Mohammed Al-HAMMADI / Ministry of Presidential Affairs - Abu Dhabi / AFP

Saudi-led coalition launches strike after Aden 'coup'

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Meanwhile, both the Yemeni government and separatists say they back Riyadh's call for dialogue and a suspension of fighting

SEPARATISTS. Yemeni supporters of the southern separatist movement pose for a picture with a tank they confiscated from a nearby military base in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on August 10, 2019. Photo by Nabil Hasan/AFP

UAE says reducing troops in war-torn Yemen

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing,' says a senior UAE official

KHOKHA. A displaced Yemeni girl sits next to an armored military vehicle at a camp in the Khokha district of the western province of Hodeida, on January 21, 2019. File photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

UAE calls for talks to defuse US-Iran tensions

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The crisis in the Gulf region, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said, 'requires collective attention, primarily to de-escalate and to find political solutions through dialogue and negotiations'

AFP file photo of Donald Trump

UAE paid businessman to spy on Trump admin – report

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Intercept reports Rashid al-Malik received tens of thousands of dollars a month for gleaning information on Trump administration policy toward the Middle East in 2017. The report cites a former US official and documents.

Saudi, UAE slam Doha for 'backtracking' on Mecca talks

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Doha, which attended the 3 meetings in the holy city, says the concluding statements of the summits 'were ready in advance and we were not consulted on them'

MECCA SUMMIT. This handout photo taken and released by the Jordanian Royal Palace shows a family picture with OIC leaders during a summit meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO/JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE/YOUSEF ALLAN

Iran 'almost certainly' behind ship attacks off UAE – Bolton

May 29, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The new war of words comes on the eve of emergency Arab and Gulf summits called by Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia to discuss the standoff and ways to isolate Tehran

Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

May 20, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Oil exporting countries are discussing how to stabilize a volatile oil market amid rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf, which threaten to disrupt global supply

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Energy and Oil Minister and Chairman of OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), speaks to journalists during the 10th JMMC meeting in Algiers on September 23, 2018.  Ryad KRAMDI / AFP