Archiveseptembre 2020

Umrah Pilgrimage Regulations Issued


Saudi Arabia’s Haj and Umrah Ministry has issued the regulations for Umrah pilgrimages. Under the regulations, pilgrims will have to wait 14 days before they book another Umrah pilgrimage. They will also have to download the Eatmarna application which will be launched soon. Social distancing rules will also have to be complied with. Umrah pilgrimages are going to have to be taken in phases...

Restaurant Halls to Reopen


Jordan’s Tourism and Antiquities Minister has announced the Council of Ministers has approved the reopening of all restaurant halls from the start of October. However, they will have to comply with the relevant anti-Coronavirus measures. Restaurants will have to sign an undertaking which includes all the conditions set by and agreed on by all the parties. This can be done by visiting the...

Flight Stimulus Programme Extended


Egypt’s Council of Ministers has agreed to extend the current flight stimulus programme until 31 December 2020. It follows the approval of a previous extension to 28 October with the same conditions. The Council have also approved the implementation of a new aviation stimulus programme from 1 January to 30 April 2021. Full story

Remote Learning and Examination Plan for Universities Explained


Jordan’s Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister has announced the system for teaching and exams in universities and colleges for the 2020/2021 academic year. The Higher Education Council has decided to teach all bachelor degree students all their mandatory and optional units electronically. This includes the requirements for specialisation. Only practical activities which cannot...

Blended Learning to Continue for Some Students


Jordan’s Education and Higher Education Minister has announced blending learning will continue for some students. It will affect those in nursery up to year 3 and middle school students. It will continue until 16 October in line with the rotation system. Parents will be able to choose whether to send their children to school or to let them learn remotely. Classes from year 4 to year 11 will...

Rent Exemption Scheme Extended


The Board of Directors of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has decided to extend the exemption for all cafeterias and bazaars in museums and archaeological sites affiliated to the Council from paying rent until the end of October 2020. The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities confirmed the decision is part of the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry’s moves to...

Mosques and Churches to Reopen


The Jordanian Government has announced it has decided to reopen churches and mosques from Thursday. However, they will have to comply with the relevant anti-Coronavirus measures. The Waqf Minister said employees and committees working in the mosques will be expected to undertake to observe the public health requirements and fulfil them. This includes asking visitors to bring their own prayer mats...

Home Isolation to be Implemented Next Week


The Jordanian Government has announced home isolation will be officially from next week as the basis for dealing with infected individuals or those who are suspected of having the infection starting from next week. It follows an increase in Coronavirus infections. The move is part of the policies and protocols aimed at containing the virus. The State Minister for Media Affairs added work...

Abu Dhabi: Sporting Competitions to Resume


Abu Dhabi’s National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has announced sporting competitions will resume. Medical teams and contact centres managed by sports federations will be present at events. The competitions will be able to resume providing they comply with the relevant anti-Coronavirus guidelines. Full story

Salary Support Extended


Bahrain’s Cabinet has announced the Government will pay 50% of the salaries of insured Bahrainis in the private sector who have been adversely affected by Coronavirus for another three months. The additional support will start next month and will benefit 23,000 Bahraini employees and 4,000 entities. The Cabinet also approved the payment of 50% of the salaries of 524 uninsured female workers...