Dubai cultural museums to reopen on Monday

Museums will follow new regulations on coronavirus safety when they start accepting visitors on June 1. (WAM)
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Updated 29 May 2020

Dubai cultural museums to reopen on Monday

DUBAI: Museums will reopen its doors to visitors on Monday, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority said in a report from state news agency WAM.
Museums will follow new regulations on coronavirus safety when they start accepting visitors on June 1, such as allowing only 50 percent of their capacity at each time, prohibiting individuals under 12 and above 59 years to enter and capping group sizes at five. 
Visitors will also have to maintain a safe social distance of two meters, wear masks at all times and are encouraged to use Nol and credit cards to purchase tickets. Another method to buy entrance permits is online from the At The Top, Burj Khalifa portal, as the two entities entered a partnership.
Meanwhile, museum staff will conduct routine sterilizations and perform thermal screening at entrances.
Dubai has started easing coronavirus regulations on May 27, by allowing more businesses to reopen and operate for longer hours.
UAE’s current COVID-19 tolls are at 32,532 infected people, 16,685 recovered patients and 258 fatalities.


UAE restructures government, seeking more agility as it deals with coronavirus impact

Updated 31 min 51 sec ago

UAE restructures government, seeking more agility as it deals with coronavirus impact

  • The energy and infrastructure ministries were merged under a single portfolio to be headed by the current energy minister, Suhail Al Mazrouei
  • Changes include abolishing half of government service centers and converting them to digital platforms within two years

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates announced a broad government restructuring on Sunday, merging government entities and appointing new economy and industry ministers, and giving it a year to achieve new targets.
The head of Abu Dhabi's national oil company ADNOC, Sultan al-Jaber, was named as industry and advanced technology minister and Abdullah al-Marri was appointed economy minister, as part of the restructuring announced by UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum on his official Twitter account.
The energy and infrastructure ministries were merged under a single portfolio to be headed by the current energy minister, Suhail Al Mazrouei.

The changes are being made to help the country deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Sheikh Mohammed said last month when plans to restructure were first announced.
Changes include abolishing half of government service centers and converting them to digital platforms within two years and merging around half of federal agencies with each other or within ministries.
Sheikh Mohammed, also the ruler of Dubai emirate, said the changes would speed up decision making and make the government more responsive to change.