TWITTER POLL: Nearly half say first post coronavirus lockdown travel will be to see family

More than a quarter have no plans to travel at all. (FILE/Shutterstock)
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Updated 14 July 2020

TWITTER POLL: Nearly half say first post coronavirus lockdown travel will be to see family

  • More than a quarter say they won't be traveling at all

DUBAI: An Arab News Twitter poll found that the majority of people say the first time they travel will be to see family – but more than a quarter said they did not have any plans to travel at all.

 

 

Many countries have reopened their borders and airlines have started to run scheduled flights again – but both come with strict regulations including certificates proving individuals are clear of coronavirus and periods of quarantine.

Of the 866 people who took part in the poll, just 17.2 percent said they planned to use their first trip to go on holiday, while 12.2 percent said they were going on a business trip.


COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of media role: Jordanian minister

Updated 22 November 2020

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of media role: Jordanian minister

  • Different media tools have helped people around the world complete work and continue their lives

DUBAI: The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of investing in the development of the media and communication sector, which is as an important tool to serve society, Jordan’s media minister said.

Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian government, stressed that the pandemic highlighted the need for alternative modes of communication, state news agency Petra reported. 

Different media tools have helped people around the world complete work and continue their “lives under these exceptional circumstances,” Ayed said during a virtual session on the “Future of Media” conference organized by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Information.

Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian government. (Petra)

Ayed pointed to the great development brought about by social media and modern media tools during the past decade, stressing that they have become the primary source and platforms of exchange of information among individuals.

Ayed however warned of the dangers of social media and the threat of spreading rumors and false information in many Arab societies, which have limited levels of education and media culture.

Ayed stressed the importance of raising awareness, knowledge and correct culture in how to deal with these social problems.

“We are confident that the media, technical and information development during the coming years will lead us to more than we expect,” he said.

“What must be emphasized is the need for us to cooperate and join hands together in order to employ this development in the service of humanity,” he added.