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OFWs in UAE scramble to update visas following new policies

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:29 AM

'Walang tigil ang mga telepono, landline, at mobile. Daig pa namin ang call center (The phones, whether landline or mobile, just won't quit. We're busier than a call center),' says Larry Esguerra, office manager at MPQ Tourism

Dubai counts on pent-up demand for tourism comeback

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:15 PM

With its advanced medical facilities and infrastructure, Dubai is betting it will be an attractive option for tourists

This picture taken on July 8, 2020 shows an aerial view of the Burj al-Arab hotel in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, with the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago seen in the background behind, during a government-organised helicopter tour. - After a painful four-month tourism shutdown that ended this week, Dubai is betting pent-up demand will see the industry quickly bounce back, billing itself as a safe destination with the resources to ward off coronavirus. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

3,000 Dubai OFWs seek PH consulate's help for repatriation

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:57 AM

Most of those seeking assistance are jobless overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Gulf emirate of Dubai again welcomes foreign visitors, as it seeks to boost its ailing economy

A man sunbathes along the Marina beach near the Ain Dubai Ferris wheel in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on July 7, 2020. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Gulf economies to shrink 7.6% over virus, oil slump – IMF

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The International Monetary Fund's 2020 projection for the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council dramatically worsens

EMPTY. An aerial view shows a deserted highway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 24, 2020. Photo by Faisal al-Nasser/AFP

OFWs in UAE seek Locsin’s help to address canceled flights

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:19 PM

'Hindi na po namin hiningi na tulungan kami financially. Kami na po bumili ng sarili naming tickets. Ang gusto lang po namin ay makauwi sa Pilipinas'

MASK-CLAD passengers depart from the Dubai International Airport in this photo from April 6, 2020. Emirates Airline has resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after the COVID-19 lockdown. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Dubai OFW in limbo over unpaid bank loan

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Failure to meet credit card obligations is among the leading problems besetting overseas Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates

LIMBO. Engineer Eduardo Malinao Cervantes, 71, wants to go home to the Philippines but a travel ban has been imposed on him. His passport is with the Dubai Court. Photo courtesy of Gracie May Kalaw

Abu Dhabi's ADNOC sells pipeline firm stake to foreign investors

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:40 PM

A consortium acquires a 49% stake in Gas Pipeline Assets, a newly formed subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ABU DHABI. The seafront promenade in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company office complex (C) in the foreground on May 29, 2019. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Over 88,000 OFWs in UAE seek aid, but funds only for 17,000

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Data from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai show that Filipino workers either lost their jobs, are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement, or have had their salaries cut

Displaced overseas Filipino workers in Dubai queueing in for free hot meals. (Photo grab from Feby Cachero Baguisa Dela Peña’s Facebook with permission. She started giving free food a month ago and is now preparing hot meals from sponsors.

Dubai ports giant 'prepares for worst' as virus impact looms

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:20 PM

DP World and its subsidiaries are a major source of cash for Dubai's economy, one of the most diversified in the oil-rich Gulf

Containers are stacked at the port of Jebel Ali, operated by the Dubai-based giant ports operator DP World, in the southern outskirts of the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on June 18, 2020. - The chairman of DP World said it is "preparing for the worst" with the full impact of coronavirus to hit in coming months, as global trade suffers its worst blow since World War II. The firm and its subsidiaries are a major source of cash for the emirate's economy, one of the most diversified in the oil-rich Gulf but mired in a long malaise. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Tripoli gov't to boycott Arab League Libya talks

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:31 PM

The talks are called for by Egypt, a key supporter of the Tripoli government's archfoe, eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar

CEASEFIRE TALK. Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. AFP phot

Race to ready Dubai's mega Expo despite 1-year delay

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:25 PM

The coronavirus pandemic creates daily challenges for organizers of the Expo 2020, rescheduled to October 2021 in Dubai

An Emirati man stands outsite the Dubai Expo 2020 site, under construction in the Emirati city, on June 14, 2020. - Armies of workers in protective masks are racing to complete the mammoth Dubai Expo 2020 site despite the coronavirus that has sickened some workers, forced a one-year postponement, and created a logistical headache. The six-month world fair, a milestone for the emirate which has splashed out 8.2 billion dollars on the eye-popping venue in the hope of boosting its soft power and resetting the economy, will now open its doors in October 2021. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

UAE says low oil price unsustainable, warns of shocks

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'The last thing we want is to have shocks,' says United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suheil al-Mazrouei

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

UAE opens doors, allows even foreigners to return

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The new government policy aims to bring back over 200,000 people with valid UAE resident visas

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 backs Egypt peace initiative in Libya

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:34 PM

UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash says the initiative 'strengthens the Arab and international momentum for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops, and the return to a political track'

Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. - Forces backing Libya's unity government said they had reseized the capital Tripoli International Airport, held since 2019 by rival forces backing Khalifa Haftar, the latest in a string of defeats for the eastern-based military commander. Libya's main civilian airport, lying on key highway on the capital's southern edges, had been closed since being heavily damaged in 2014 clashes. (Photo by - / AFP)

OFW recalls close brush with COVID-19 in shared UAE flat

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Arnaldo Tumaliuan shares a flat with 8 other people in Dubai. One of them tests positive for the coronavirus.

OFW. Arnaldo Tumalian has been based in the United Arab Emirates since April 17, 2007.  Photo from the Facebook page of Arnaldo  Tumaliuan

OFWs in Dubai battle coronavirus, too

May 28, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Most OFWs in Dubai opt to share living quarters to save on rent. They also become more vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.

Dubai investment arm's net profit rises in 2019

May 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The Investment Corporation of Dubai, which owns giant firms like Emirates Airline, posts a 16.9% increase in net profit in 2019

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

Virus deaths among Filipinos in Dubai, neighboring emirates reach 43

May 19, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official

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

Massive India repatriation begins with flights from UAE

May 08, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Some 15,000 nationals will be repatriated from 12 countries on planes and naval ships

GOING HOME. Indian nationals queue to check in at the Dubai International Airport before leaving the Gulf Emirate on a flight back to their country, on May 7, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. 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.

Filipino nurse in UAE dies of coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The Philippine Nurses Association's UAE chapter pays tribute to Ilonggo nurse Marlon Jimenea who 'succumbed to the novel coronavirus...after serving as a medical frontliner against the outbreak'

Dubai launches home tests for coronavirus

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The 'Mobile Laboratory units' are converted ambulances with equipment, thermal scanners, and storage cabins for samples

A picture taken on March 15, 2020 shows people walking past shops in Dubai's Deira Souk. - No shisha pipe sessions, deserted streets, mosques and shopping malls, drones in the sky broadcasting public health warnings -- the new coronavirus has turned life upside down in Gulf societies. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

UAE reopens malls, eases curfew after coronavirus shutdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 10:26 AM

However, mosques will remain shut during the holy month of Ramadan

POSE. Women wearing protective masks pose for a 'selfie' in front of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai on March 8, 2020. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

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)

9-year-old Filipino, youngest coronavirus patient in UAE, recovers

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The UAE’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs posts a Twitter video of the boy walking by the corridor outside the ICU while medical staff applauded

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

Overseas Warriors: Up close with UAE’s Filipino nurses during the pandemic

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:31 PM

There are about 30,000 Filipino nurses in the United Arab Emirates, many of them working in the front lines. One of them proclaims she is an Overseas Filipino Warrior.

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

UAE extends validity of resident, visit visas to December 31, 2020

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The modified policy is intended to 'support residents and visitors and lessen the repercussions of the coronavirus'

DUBAI AIRPORT. Passengers queue at the check-in counter in a terminal of Dubai International Airport in the gulf emirate on April 6, 2020, as Emirates airline resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after its coronavirus-enforced stoppage. Karim Sahib/AFP

Bayanihan in Dubai: Filipinos help OFWs in need amid pandemic

Apr 11, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Some Filipinos in Dubai have been aiding OFWs who suddenly lost their jobs because of the closure of businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic

LOCKDOWN. A man wearing a face mask gazes at the Dubai skyline as the city was placed on lockdown. On April 4, 2020, Dubai announced a two-week lockdown during which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

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

Gulf stocks battered by coronavirus, oil price war in Q1 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The 5 major bourses in the Gulf region plummet in the first 3 months of the year, with Dubai's market losing more than a third of its value

SLUMPING STOCKS. A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. Photo by Yasser al-Zayyat/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)