According to state news agency WAM, the United Arab Emirates is preparing to be the world’s leading travel destination for the next six months during Expo 2020 Dubai, while the local hotel sector has restored pre-pandemic reservation rates.
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Quick summary The share of US dollar reserves held by central banks around the world hit a 25-year low during the fourth quarter of 2020,
UAE Launches a sustainable food valley ‘The Food Technology Valley’. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler
Gold price fell on Tuesday following the peak gains from the past week. The price fell as the dollar rallied, following comments from Jerome Powell,
News from the Middle East
Arab News says at least 80 Iran-backed Houthi militia fighters have been killed in two days of fierce fighting with government troops.
TRT World says hailing from around the country, 37 female firefighters have gone through intensive psychological and physical training to become ready to join their male peers in Istanbul.
Arab News says the Middle East’s first World Expo kicked off in Dubai on Thursday night, with organizers dubbing the showpiece “the event of the century.”
Arab News says a new poll has found that nearly 80 per cent of Palestinians want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign.
A delegation of high-ranking Lebanese ministers visited Damascus Saturday for talks on importing energy via Syria, the first such official visit since its civil war broke out 10 years ago.
Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthis say the rebels fired three ballistic missiles at cities in the kingdom’s east and south
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The Independent says JD Wetherspoons has recorded its biggest loss on record as the business suffered heavily from the Covid-19 restrictions
Daily Mirror says Virgin Money has announced it will close 31 high street branches across the country, at a loss of around 112 jobs.
BBC says the UK’s furlough scheme closes on Thursday, but some badly-hit sectors are saying support should continue.
The Daily Mirror says Wetherspoons will cut the price of booze and food by 7.5% – but only for today.
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Aljazeera says Australia is ready to gradually reopen its borders, the country’s prime minister has announced, 18 months after citizens were banned from travelling overseas.
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The Sun says AIRLINES won’t have to refund Brits who had their flights cancelled due to lockdown.
The Guardian says England’s new Covid travel rules and refusal to recognise vaccines administered across huge swaths of the world have sparked outrage
France24 says the US will re-open to air passengers from China, India, Britain and other European countries who have received vaccines.
Vogue says after shutting down the Met Gala 2021 red carpet in an enrobing inky black Balenciaga gown, Rihanna pivoted from hyper-volume to an altogether slinkier silhouette for her after-party.
The Guardian says Jennifer Aniston is to launch her own beauty brand, LolaVie, on Wednesday. But can she make it in the ever more crowded celebrity beauty space?
Esquire says among the many competitive sports in the world, basketball has become more than just a game.
Actress Milla Jovovich’s iconic bright copper hair from the 1997 film The Fifth Element is back!
Arab News says happiness reigned in public squares in the Gaza Strip, which saw the distribution of sweets and rejoicing.
France24 says Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tore down a police blockade Monday night in downtown Brasilia.
Aljazeera says the Taliban has taken complete control of Panjshir province, the last area in Afghanistan held by resistance forces.
The United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates Country Profile
The United Arab Emirates or UAE is made of a federation of seven emirates along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, (or pronounced Al Imarates – In Arabic) is a sovereign state in Western Asia at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Oman and Saudi Arabia and has maritime borders in the Persian Gulf with Qatar and Iran.
The Emirates was formally united in 1971, with the city of Abu Dhabi serving as the capital.
The UAE has seven states with Abu Dhabi as the Largest, Dubai as the second largest, Sharjah (Al-Shāriqah), ʿAjmān, Umm al-Qaywayn, and Raʾs al-Khaymah and Al-Fujayrah.
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Historically the United Arab Emirates was a domain of individual Arab clans and families, the region now comprising the (UAE) emirates also has been influenced by Persian culture owing to its close proximity to Iran, and the spread of Islam. Its porous maritime borders have for centuries invited migrants and traders from elsewhere.
It is a Muslim country with Shariah law governing the states and one of the most important and influential countries in the Middle East.
In the 18th century, Portugal and the Netherlands extended their holdings in the region but retreated with the growth of British naval power there; following a series of truces with Britain in the 19th century, the emirates united to form the Trucial States (also called Trucial Oman or the Trucial Sheikhdoms). The states gained autonomy following World War II (1939–45) when the trucial states of Bahrain and Qatar declared independent statehood.
Key facts about the UAE
The emirates comprise a mixed environment of rocky desert, coastal plains and wetlands, and waterless mountains.
The port city of Dubai, located at the base of the mountainous Musandam Peninsula, is the capital of the emirate of Dubai and is one of the region’s most vital commercial and financial centres, housing hundreds of multinational corporations in a forest of skyscrapers.
The UAE Flag is made up of Red, Green, White and Black. The UAE currency is Dirham but often US dollars are accepted in most places.
The UAE national language is arabic and is spoken by all the idengenious population. With huge population of immigrants in the country Urdu/Hindi and Russain are widely spoken.
UAE weather is normally super hot, often too sunny and hot in the summer months.
The President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces. The current President is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who became president on 3 November 2004, following the death of his father, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. (See here more info: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-14704227)
UAE key history dates
Add a couple of paragraphs about UAE’s history (Wikipedia style) followed by a bullet points list of top 5-10 key historic dates. (See here for more info: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-14704414)
UAE culture (includes advice for foreigners and link to the Dubai page)
This section can simply cover the top 5 DOs and DON’Ts when in the UAE and dispel any myths.
This is one of the better lists I could find – we simply need to produce a similar list (no copy/paste as that penalises the website): https://traveltriangle.com/blog/festivals-in-united-arab-emirates/
Doing business in the UAE
The content of this section can be similar to this page: https://www.great.gov.uk/markets/united-arab-emirates/
Please refer to these links too:
UAE visas and entry requirements
Includes a brief cover of the main visa types: tourism, business, medical, residency and links to the official UAE government website for more information and/or links to service providers that can assist with visa applications). See: https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/visa-and-emirates-id
UAE states, monarchy, political system and administration
Travelling to United Arab Emirates is usually very safe. It is one of the most developed nations in the world. However, the recent coronavirus breakout has sparked concerns when travelling to the region.
The Region is rolling out a mass vaccination programme. However, despite that some countries have placed the UAE on high risk list and vice versa.
Currently the UAE has a limited air travel policy into the region.
Here is the Official UAE Health and prevention website
- To prevent the spread of infectious disease health practitioners suggest you catch all your sneezes in a tissue and dispose of it immediately.
- Use hand sanitising gel regularly
- Use a face mask when in public
- Report to emergency services if you have flu like symptoms