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Coronavirus: Sheikh Mohammed waives residency fines for remainder of 2020

Ruler of Dubai has also called on factories in the emirate to support health sector

Coronavirus: Sheikh Mohammed waives residency fines for remainder of 2020

Sheikh Mohammed said: “We also directed factories to support the needs of the country’s health sector.”


The United Arab Emirates is to waive residency visa fines for the rest of the year.

The measure was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, following a virtual Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Following the meeting, he tweeted: “Today, we held the second cabinet meeting through video conference where we issued directives to waive visa violation fines until end of the year.”

Also at the meeting it was agreed to re-enforce the stockpile of strategic goods.

Sheikh Mohammed added: “We also directed factories to support the needs of the country’s health sector.”

The UAE currently has 1,505 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths recorded.

On Saturday, Dubai imposed a 24-hour lockdown for the next two weeks, in order to intensify the national sterilisation programme across all areas of the emirate and increase testing for the deadly Covid-19 virus.

The UAE central bank also boosted the country’s stimulus package on Sunday to a total of $70 billion from a previously announced $27 billion.

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