UAE closes shopping malls for two weeks as a coronavirus precaution

Exemptions include pharmacies, supermarkets, co-ops and wholesale open markets, such as the fish and meat markets. (File/AFP)
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Updated 23 March 2020

UAE closes shopping malls for two weeks as a coronavirus precaution

  • The closures will come into force in 48 hours
  • Authorities also urged people to stay at home unless necessary

DUBAI: All malls and markets in the United Arab Emirates will be closed for two weeks, subject to renewal, state news agency WAM reported.

The closure will come into force in 48 hours as per new regulations by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Crisis and Disasters Management Authority to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Exemptions include pharmacies, supermarkets, co-ops and wholesale open markets, such as the fish and meat markets.

Restaurants will also not be allowed to serve customers in their premises, instead operating deliveries and take away orders.

Meanwhile, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior and the National Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged people to avoid leaving their homes unless except for essential journeys.

The authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical or emergency cases and to use face masks.

People are allowed to go out if they are buying food, driving is permissible in private cars with a maximum of three people.

Avoid public places and practice social distancing during family gatherings, the statement added.

The authorities also urged people to avoid visiting hospitals unless it is a critical case or an emergency.


Egypt footaller gets harassed for sharing photo with his 3-year-old girl

Updated 13 July 2020

Egypt footaller gets harassed for sharing photo with his 3-year-old girl

CAIRO: An Egyptian footballer has threatened to sue Instagram users who sent abusive messages this week over photos of himself and his three-year-old daughter.
The incident involving Amre Soulia, a player at Al-Ahly football club, has caused a storm on social media in Egypt after comments on his photos triggered widespread anger over harassment.  
The player publicly called out a number of people who had harassed him and his daughter by sharing screenshots of their comments that mainly targeted what the young girl was wearing - a black T-shirt and jeans.
The player is seen holding his daughter’s hand while she smiles back at him.  

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“May God save her for you … but I hope you make your daughter wear respectable clothes because you’re a respectful player,” one user wrote to Soulia.
Another user said: “Cover up your daughter, son, so that she grows to become one (who’s covered).”
Several other sexually-loaded remarks targeted the little girl, prompting the player to take legal action against them. 
“All legal measures were taken and a lawsuit was filed against anyone who insulted me or any member of my family,” Soulia wrote on his social media account. 
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The incident is the latest in Egypt, where sexual assault and harassment are deep-seated problems. 
Egyptian actor Sherif Mounir recently hit out at people who insulted his teenage daughters in a picture he shared of them on Instagram.