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03/27/20: Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi tourism sends out video promoting future travel

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A YouTube promotional video highlights how Abu Dhabi will be open and welcoming as the world returns to ‘travel.’ “We'll be waiting for you #InAbuDhabi. Till we meet again, #StayHome#StaySafe but #StayCurious"  

YouTube, 27 March 2020, Online 

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03/31/20 UAE: Dubai to support Emirates airline as it closes tourism market

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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

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03/30/20 South Africa: Virtual safari via webcam

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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

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03/25/20 UAE: Etihad staff take 25-50% pay cut

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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

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03/26/20 South Africa: No issuing of visas during the lockdown

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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

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03/24/20 Middle East: Etihad now move to suspend flights

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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

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03/23/20 UAE: UAE Government suspends passenger flights from 25 March

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"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

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