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Abu Dhabi’s ‘safe zone’ at UFC Fight Island ensures maximum safety for all

An 11-square-kilometre stretch of Yas Island has been blocked off from the public to create a safety bubble for all those involved with the ongoing UFC event

Abu Dhabi bourse plans first ETF next month, followed by futures

The exchange in the capital of the United Arab Emirates is close to setting up a central clearing house

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Abu Dhabi’s Covid-19 laser-testing at border made by-appointment only

A new laser-based DPI technique developed by the QuantLase Imaging Lab can rapidly screen travellers at the border for Covid-19

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UAE government signs agreement with IESF to promote tolerance in esports

An IESF Global Commission of Tolerance and Coexistence in Esports will be formed as a result of the agreement

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UAE’s new low-cost airline Air Arabia Abu Dhabi operates its inaugural flight

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has started with two routes to Egypt

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Abu Dhabi introduces Covid-19 laser-testing at border to gain entry into emirate

Those with a positive result must undergo a nasal swab PCR test at the same location to confirm whether they have the virus

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UAE tourists, visitors with expired permits given one month to exit country

The one-month grace period to exit the country has begun from July 12

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Etihad Airways rolls out Covid-19 home-testing for travellers in the UAE

It has collaborated with Mediclinic to conduct the Covid-19 PCR tests

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UAE’s first N95 respirator manufacturing facility can produce upto 90,000 units per day

The facility, with an annual production capacity of 30 million units, has secured orders from UAE entities for the rest of the year

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Covid-19: Abu Dhabi Fund suspends debt repayment for beneficiary countries, companies

It covers the payment of instalments and interests over the period from January 1 to December 31, 2020

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to begin flights to six European destinations from October 1

Tickets for flights to the six European destinations from Abu Dhabi are already on sale

Abu Dhabi Islamic bank provides exclusive offers to healthcare workers

These offers include a reduction on the profit rate and pricing discounts on some of the bank’s financial products

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Etihad, Air Arabia announce special flights from UAE to India

Etihad and Air Arabia are also accepting booking for ICA-approved UAE residents to return to the country from India

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UAE announces phased renewals of expired residency visas, Emirates IDs from July 12

Those whose documents have expired in March and April must proceed with the renewal process immediately

UAE residents in India can now return on Vande Bharat, charter flights

The permission for UAE residents to return to the country has been initially granted for 15 days from July 12-26

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How the private aviation sector in the Middle East is responding to the Covid-19 crisis

Pre-pandemic estimates suggested that there are approximately 800 private jets registered in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

Abu Dhabi aims to attract skilled expats by making life cheaper

Abu Dhabi is the 39th most expensive place for expatriates, according to New York-based consultant Mercer, more costly than Boston or Milan

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UAE establishes new office to recognise and support country’s frontline workers

The Frontline Heroes Office will grant rewards, present certificates of appreciation, and nominate some to receive honorary medals too

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Amazon launches on-demand home services in UAE including disinfection, car washing and pet grooming

During the launch phase, customers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah can book from over 70 services

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad to operate at 45% pre-Covid capacity by August; to add 20 destinations from next month

It has added a host of destinations that it will fly to beginning next month

UAE’s Agthia Group appoints new CEO

Alan Smith succeeds Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, acting CEO of the group

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UAE’s new low-cost airline Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to begin flights on July 14

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will start its operations with flights to Egypt, operating two Airbus A320 aircraft

ADNOC hires Morgan Stanley veteran Klaus Froehlich as CIO

Froehlich spent 16 years working at Morgan Stanley in Europe and the Middle East

Abu Dhabi’s virtual trading platform closes funding round

MidChains is expected to launch trading operations in 2020, subject to FSRA approval

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Wizz Air begins flights connecting Abu Dhabi and Budapest

The airline will expand its network from Abu Dhabi to include flights to Sofia, Katowice and Cluj-Napoca in September

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Abu Dhabi-based G42 joins Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael to combat Covid-19

They will jointly leverage their combined knowledge, human and technological assets, to accelerate the delivery of solutions to combat the pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic drags global M&A to lowest level since 2012

Little more than $1 trillion of deals have been announced this year, making for the slowest first half since 2012

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Update: Covid-19 tests no longer required to visit Abu Dhabi’s beaches, parks

A few beaches and parks will reopen in the first phase starting July 3, with occupancy capped at 40 per cent of the total visitor capacity

Uber partners with Mastercard to offer free rides home to all inbound UAE residents

The service will be applicable for rides home from Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport

Etihad operates 106 UAE humanitarian aid charters to combat Covid-19 globally

The flights were undertaken to 54 destinations to transport medical and food aid