UAE cabinet to establish volunteering committee amid coronavirus pandemic

A health worker checks the body temperature of passengers bound for Frankfurt at Dubai International Airport on April 6, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 08 April 2020

UAE cabinet to establish volunteering committee amid coronavirus pandemic

  • The Supreme National Committee for Volunteering in Crisis will supervise the work carried out by all local volunteer agencies
  • The UAE has reported 283 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 2,359

DUBAI: The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for the creation of a “Supreme National Committee for Volunteering in Crisis,” that will be charged with creating an integrated and sustainable national volunteering system during the coronavirus crisis, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
The committee - which will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan - will supervise the work carried out by all local volunteer agencies. It will also activate the “volunteers.ae” application for receiving and confirming volunteer requests.
Meanwhile, the Dubai Health Authority’s “Dawa’ee” delivery service will now cover the entire UAE with an aim to help the elderly and people with special needs - who carry valid ENAYA or SAADA insurance cards - to receive their medication at their homes instead of people having to collect them.
The UAE has reported 283 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 2,359.
“The newly diagnosed patients of various nationalities are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical care,'' the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said.
The ministry also said the new patients were detected upon examining people who were in contact with previously infected cases.
The ministry also reported the death of an expat, raising the death toll to 12, but MoHAP confirmed 19 people previously infected had now recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries in the UAE to186.


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.