Articles - Middle East and Asia
Dubai has said that it would support its state-run airline in overcoming the impact of COVID-19 and enforced a full lockdown on a district famous for its gold and spice markets. This comes after Dubai announced late Monday (29th) that a 24-hour curfew would be imposed on the famous Al Ras district.
Reuters, 31 March 2020, Online
Whilst safari reserves are closed to tourists during the national lockdown their webcams are still up and running. Both webcams and cameras offering ‘stills’ are available in several locations.
Tourism Update, 30 March 2020, Online
Etihad staff to are to take a 25-50% pay cut to help secure jobs during the crisis. The airline highlights how it will continue to pay educational and housing allowances throughout this period.
Arabian Business, 25 March 2020, Online
The Department of Home Affairs in South Africa has stated that during the 21-day country wide lockdown, announced earlier this week, no passports or visas will be issued to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown all national and international flights are grounded with cargo being the only exception. That said cargo from ‘high-risk’ countries will be sanitized.
Tourism Update, 26 March 2020, Online
Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi. The suspension is due to start tomorrow and last for an initial 14 days.
Travel Daily Media, 24 March 2020, online
"As per the UAE government’s directive, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger services from 25 March 2020. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers and travellers. These measures are in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, and we hope to resume services as soon as feasible.”
Emirates, 23 March 2020, online