I use this post as a note-book I had to split in more pages.
Here, I daily update the list of measures adopted by the UAE authorities to fight COVID-19, providing, wherever possible, the link to the institutional websites, where to check for details and updates.
In some way, this collection can tell you something about the story of us, locals and expats in Abu Dhabi all together in this, about our new daily life, and about a war strategy.
🗓️ September 24th, 2020 – UAE resumes issuance of entry permits
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announces to resume the issuance of entry permits into the country, for tourism purposes, adding that work permits are still on hold.
The decision to suspend the issuance of visas was put in place last March, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders, as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the virus.
🗓️ September 23d 2020 – Reopening of entertainment centers and gaming halls
Abu Dhabi Department of Economics issues guidelines on the reopening of entertainment centers and gaming halls in Abu Dhabi following the implementation of preventative measures. These locations will operate at 60% capacity, in line with limits set out for all outlets at shopping malls.
🗓️ September 20th 2020 – New guidelines for weddings and funerals
In line with directions from the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre issues guidelines for weddings and funerals, which include a maximum of 10 attendees. Taking a COVID-19 test 24 hours before a gathering is also recommended.
🗓️ September 19th, 2020 – Awareness notice
Abu Dhabi authorities announce to provide awareness notice at entrances to residential units with self-quarantine cases, as part of efforts to limit the spread of the virus and increase community awareness on physical distancing measures.
The sign reads: “We are committed to adhering to all self-quarantine measures for defeat COVID-19”.
🗓️ September 17th, 2020 – New guidelines for quarantine and rules for entering Abu Dhabi Emirate
Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee outlines quarantine guidelines for international arrivals to Abu Dhabi, by air or land travelling to other emirates.
For all details and clarifications:
👉 Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee (through Abu Dhabi Media Office)
👉 Further clarifications and Frequently Asked Questions from the Authorities – (through Abu Dhabi Media Office)
👉 Reminder of entry requirements for Abu Dhabi Emirate (September 12th)
🗓️ September 16th 2020 – Access to full scholarship for children of frontline healthcare
Under the direction of Mohamed bin Zayed and overseen by Abdullah bin Zayed, the Ministry of Education UAE, in partnership with the Frontline Heroes Office, launches the ‘Hayyakum’ initiative.
The ‘Hayyakum’ initiative will enable the children of frontline healthcare heroes to access full scholarships to public schools across the UAE, to start this academic year and run until graduation.
🗓️ September 15th 2020 – Precautionary and preventive measures for household maintenance procedures
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee for Covid-19 Pandemic urges community members to adhere to precautionary and preventative measures while conducting household maintenance operations to enhance the safety of all community members.
Procedures include mandatory wearing of face masks and gloves by all maintenance workers, technicians and residents during maintenance operations, observing physical distancing, and sterilizing all areas and surfaces touched during maintenance work.
The full announcement text can be read 👉 on the official thread
🗓️ September 5th, 2020 – New rules for entering Abu Dhabi Emirate
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated procedures for entering Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Starting September 5th, residents and visitors can enter the emirate of Abu Dhabi within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR or DPI test result. DPI test results no longer require a prior PCR test.
In a following communication, the authorities have shared answers to some common FAQs:
Q. What are the tests required to enter Abu Dhabi, based on these new procedure?
A. PCR and DPI laser test within 48 hours from receiving negative results
Q. When entering Abu Dhabi, is it mandatory to undergo a new test after 6 days?
A. Abu Dhabi residents or visitors from outside the Emirate who enter Abu Dhabi and stay for 6 consecutive days or more are required to do another PCR test on the sixth day, for one time only, regardless of how long they will stay in Abu Dhabi.
Q. Why must the PCR test be repeated on the 6th day while in the emirate of Abu Dhabi?
A. According to scientific studies, the probability of detecting the virus is high halfway through the incubation period of an infected person. This measure aims at early detection of cases in their preliminary stages and preventing the spread of infection among members of the community.
(source: Abu Dhabi Media, official Twitter account
🗓️ 27th August, 2020 – Reopening of nurseries announced
ADEK (Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge) announces guidelines and measures for nurseries in Abu Dhabi to reopen.
All nurseries must undergo health and safety inspections and receive a no-objection certificate from ADEK. All staff must undergo mandatory COVID-19 online training.
Among the measures prescribed, nurseries are to operate at reduced capacity, with children to be cared for in ‘bubbles’ of no more than 10.
Children and staff must undergo daily temperature and health checks, and nurseries will be subject to periodic inspections to check compliance with safety measures.
More details are reported by 👉the official news on Emirates News Agency
🗓️ 27th August, 2020 – Option to work remotely for Government sector
Abu Dhabi Government will offer the option to work remotely for employees in its departments and companies who have children enrolled in distance learning for the 1st school semester, to enable parents to support their children’s educational journey during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employees must provide a letter from the school confirming that their children are enrolled in distance learning. All previous remote working guidelines remain in place.
A dedicated call center 👉 800555 is available for all enquiries from government employees.
🗓️ August 25th 2020 – New rules for entering Abu Dhabi Emirate
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, in cooperation with Department of Health Dubai, approves two tests to enter Abu Dhabi Emirate, effective from 27 August 2020.
Entry will be allowed within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result, or with a negative DPI laser test result accompanied by a negative PCR test result received within 6 days.
The Committee states that the same type of test cannot be taken twice in a row within 6 days.
Volunteers in the COVID-19 vaccine trials are exempt from these entry measures and are authorized to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey.
Meanwhile, violating these procedures will result in penalties and fines as outlined by the Attorney General.
🗓️ 25th August 2020 – Formula 1 date announced
The Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management announces that Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020 is to take place on Sunday, 13 December at Yas Marina Circuit, using the innovative ‘safe zone’ model.
Access is to be limited to essential F1 staff, drivers and teams. The event will take place without spectators.
🗓️ 23d August 2020 – SWARD program to develop a drug for COVID-19
Sandooq Al Watan (a private sector initiative to boost the UAE’s social development) and University of Sharjah sign research agreements to develop an antiviral drug for COVID-19, under Sandooq Al Watan’s Applied Research and Development program ‘SWARD’.
🗓️ 17th August 2020 – Reopening of cinemas in the malls announced
Department of Economic Development, in coordination with Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic, issues precautionary measures for resumption of operations for cinemas inside shopping malls across Abu Dhabi.
These measures include: cinema halls should not exceed 30% of their capacity, applying physical distancing between visitors inside and outside cinema halls, wearing masks, and conducting COVID-19 tests for all staff members prior to resuming activity.
🗓️ 16th August 2020 – Smart Emergency Control Center
Abu Dhabi Department of Economy launches the remote Smart Emergency Control Center, dedicated to enhancing the monitoring of customers’ movements in shops across the emirate, as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.
The center is equipped with a smart live camera system that is operated 24/7 by a dedicated inspection team in order to monitor adherence to precautions such as social distancing and compliance with specified store capacity.
🗓️ 16th August 2020 – Policies for private schools reopening
ADEK (Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge) announces policies and guidelines for in-person attendance to the school year for private schools in Abu Dhabi.
All staff, teachers, parents and students must comply with the precautionary and sterilization procedures.
Measures include mandatory COVID-19 testing for all teaching staff, employees & students above age 12; maintain physical distance and no more than 15 students in a classroom.
Mandatory daily temperature checks & wearing of face masks for all teachers and students above ages 6 are also required, as well as all suspension of sports and extracurricular activities.
🗓️ 16th August 2020 – Reopening of private schools
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic, in coordination with ADEK (Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge) approves private schools’ plans to reopen with physical attendance for the upcoming academic year.
Full online learning is optional for the first term, subject to prior coordination with the school.
5 models are available for private schools in Abu Dhabi to balance between in-classroom and online learning, whilst adhering to strict preventative measures.
More details are reported by 👉the official news on Emirates News Agency
🗓️ August 12th 2020 – New procedures for the return of residents – Phase 2
NCEMA and ICA UAE approve the second phase for the return of residents, effective from August 12th 2020.
An automatic pre-approval now replaces the phases of registration and waiting for approval.
For the Emirate of Dubai only, it is necessary to submit a re-entry request through the portal of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA)
A negative result from the COVID-19 test, issued by an accredited laboratory, is still required and all preventive and safety measures are applied at the arrival in the UAE, included a second COVID-19 test.
👉 For further details on the new procedures
🗓️ August 8th 2020- Contact Abu Dhabi
The Department of Government Support, represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, ADDA, announces the launch of the new Customer Relationship Management platform for the Abu Dhabi Government: Contact.Abu Dhabi.
As reported by the Emirates Agency News: “New services and solutions will now be provided to end users, enabling them to complete their transactions with government entities easily and conveniently through the Abu Dhabi government services ecosystem, TAMM”.
For further details: https://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302860956
🗓️ August 6th 2020 – Al Ain Zoo reopens to the public
Al Ain Zoo and the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centrere reopen, after having adopted all the required anti COVID-19 measures. The opening times are from 9:00 to 21:00 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
🗓️ August 5th 2020 – Yas Island gets “Safe Travel” stamp
Yas Island is first destination in Abu Dhabi to be receive the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp by by The World Travel & Tourism Council.