Abu Dhabi extends closure of entertainment sites

The UAE confirmed one new death, bringing the total death toll to 10 and the overall number of cases to 1,505. (Shutterstock))
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Updated 05 April 2020

Abu Dhabi extends closure of entertainment sites

  • The suspension of valet parking services, closure of gyms, and the banning of shisha in restaurants and cafes will also be in effect
  • The UAE’s health ministry reported on Saturday 241 new coronavirus cases in the country

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi will extend the closure of entertainment destinations including commercial centers, shopping malls and cinemas until further notice, state news agency WAM reported citing the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED).

The suspension of valet parking services, closure of gyms, and the banning of shisha in restaurants and cafes will also be in effect until further notice as part of the country’s efforts to combat the coronavirus spread, Chairman of ADDED Mohammed Ali Al-Shorafa said.

The UAE’s health ministry reported on Saturday 241 new coronavirus cases in the country, an increase that the ministry said was due to its proactive testing.

The ministry also confirmed one new death, bringing the total death toll to 10 and the overall number of cases to 1,505.


Kuwait vows to cut migrant population to 30%

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Kuwait vows to cut migrant population to 30%

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti government said it wants to cut the migrant proportion of its population from 70 to 30 percent to address what it called a population discrepancy. 
State media quoted the country’s prime minister saying that the state of Kuwait was facing a “big challenge” in its population structure and that it shall start relying on its citizens to replace foreign workers. 
Out of 4.8 million inhabitants, some 3.3 million are foreign nationals and 1.45 million are Kuwaitis, said Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah.
"The ideal demographic situation would be that Kuwaitis make up 70 percent of the population and non-Kuwaitis 30 percent," he said.
"So we face a big challenge in the future which is to address the discrepancy in population."
He said there were 75,000 foreign domestic helpers in the country, which equal half the population of Kuwaiti nationals. 
“We rely on our sons and daughters to work in all professions,” Al-Sabah added.

Kuwait has a large foreign population mostly made up of Middle Eastern and Asian workers.

Kuwait Airways said last week it would lay off 1,500 expatriate employees due to "significant difficulties" caused by the pandemic.