ArchiveMay 2020

Support Platform Launched


A new service has been launched on the national portal to help groups entitled to support and who register online. The aim is to help those affected financially by Coronavirus. It follows a Decision from the Coordination Committee instructing the Royal Humanitarian Foundation to form a committee to coordinate the efforts and follow up on the distribution of donations and monies...

Tourist Visa Extension Announced


Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports has announced tourist visas which expired while flights were suspended have been automatically extended for free. They will be extended for three months. Tourists will not have to visit the Directorate’s offices to extend them. Full story

Private Construction Licenses Will Not be Issued for Six Months


Egypt’s Local Development Minister has announced private construction licenses will not be issued for six months. It will affect construction companies in Greater Cairo, Alexandria, governorate capitals and main cities. It includes licenses to modify buildings like adding floors and extending buildings.It is aimed at ensuring terms and conditions related to construction are complied with...

DIFC Reopening Plan Announced


The Dubai International Financial Centre has announced the Centre will start to reopen from 28 May.  It follows the announcement by Dubai’s Crown Prince of a phased reopening plan for Dubai on 25 May. Those who don’t comply will be denied entry to DIFC premises. Normal operations and working hours have to be aligned with the National Disinfection Programme. Read the DIFC’s plan...

Date for Domestic Flights to be Resume Announced


Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation has announced that domestic flights will resume on 31 May. The Authority added they will work with airports, air carriers and companies to facilitate the resumption. Domestic flights were suspended on 21 March and international flights were suspended on 15 March as the Kingdom started to deal with Coronavirus. Full story

Businesses to Start Stage 3 Reopening on 27 May in Dubai


The Dubai Economy has announced businesses will be allowed to start the stage 3 reopening on 27 May 2020.  Airports will reopen for returning UAE residents and transit passengers, pending authorities approval. Clinics (including ENT and Dental clinics will be able to open (but there will be no aerosol generating procedures). It will also be possible expand elective surgeries of less than 2.5...

Fees Waived for Expatriates


Jordan’s Labour Minister has announced expatriate employees and their families who repatriate will not have to pay any fines, including residency fines and work permit fees. However, they will have to register on the  platform. They were able to benefit from this from 24 May. The fees waiver lasts for a month. Migrant workers wanting to leave with their families can still collect the...

Anti-Coronavirus Guidelines for Factories Issued


Lebanon’s Industry Ministry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation have launched anti-Coronavirus guidelines for factories. The Ministry together with the International Labour Organisation have organised training courses for Ministry inspectors, including technicians and administrators. The training provides guidance on how to carry out inspections and institutional...