Dubai charities donate $14m to fight against coronavirus

Rent payments in Dubai have been postponed for up to six months as part of the county’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 March 2020

Dubai charities donate $14m to fight against coronavirus

  • A total of $2.17 million and an ambulance were donated by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department
  • The Dubai Charity Association donated $816,771 to key authorities

DUBAI: Dubai charities have donated $14.15 million as part of the country's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the UAE, weekly business magazine Arabian Business reported.
A total of $2.17 million and an ambulance were donated by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department to support the UAE’s precautionary measures.
Another $1.9 million donation was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment Ibrahim Boumelha.
The Dar Al-Ber Society also gave a $5.17 million donation, which includes $3.26 million by an Emirati family business group to offer ambulances and medical supplies to the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.
Another $2.7 was given by the Beit Al Khair Society and $1.36 by the CEO of Dubai Cares Tariq Al-Gurg, who offered to provide 3,200 computers to support the distance learning initiative in the emirate, in coordination with the Dubai Education Zone.
The Dubai Charity Association also donated $816,771 to key authorities with an aim to support efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus in the UAE.
Meanwhile, rent payments in Dubai have been postponed for up to six months as part of the county’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, national daily Gulf News reported, citing Dubai Free Zones.
The decisions made also include facilitating financial payments, refunding multiple insurance and guarantees claims, and the cancellation of a number of penalties for both companies and individuals.


Iranian hard-liners in parliament reject president’s nominee

Updated 12 August 2020

Iranian hard-liners in parliament reject president’s nominee

  • According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries
  • Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee

TEHRAN, Iran: Iranian hard-liners in parliament on Wednesday voted against President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister in the first showdown between the rival camps since the house resumed work in May despite the struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries.
Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee. There were 254 lawmakers at the session and 10 abstained. The parliament has 290 seats.
The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Under the law, Rouhani must introduce new nominees to his Cabinet in the next three months.
Rouhani in May dismissed the trade and industry minister at the time, Reza Rahmani, as Iran faced an unprecedented economic downturn amid intense pressure from the United States after President Donald Trump pulled America out of Iran’s nuclear with world powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. Khiabani, 52, had since been the acting trade minister.
Iran is also grappling with the largest and deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus in the Middle East, with more than 331,000 confirmed cases and at least 18,800 deaths.