Dubai to resume wedding receptions with COVID-19 preventive measures put in place

The UAE has recorded so far 115,602 coronavirus infections, 107,516 recoveries and 463 deaths. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 October 2020

Dubai to resume wedding receptions with COVID-19 preventive measures put in place

  • Wedding receptions in halls must allow a maximum capacity of 200 people
  • Attendees must wear face masks at all times

DUBAI: Dubai will resume wedding receptions in hotels, halls, homes, temporary venues and tents in residential areas starting Oct. 22, state news agency WAM reported.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said families must adhere to all coronavirus precautionary guidelines to ensure the public’s safety. “Violators will be held accountable for lack of compliance with the rules,” it said.

The UAE has recorded so far 115,602 coronavirus infections, 107,516 recoveries and 463 deaths.

Wedding receptions in halls must allow a maximum capacity of 200 people, while tents and homes can only enable entry of a maximum of 30 people.
Attendees must wear face masks at all times and can take them off only when seated at their tables of five people maximum, the report said.
Guest should not be seated face-to-face and must keep a distance of over 1.5 meters, while tables should be placed at least two meters apart from each other.
The events in halls, hotels, homes, temporary venues and tents must not cross a four-hour duration, the report added.
Elderly people and those with chronic conditions or symptoms including coughing and fever are also urged not to be present in such events, the committee said.


Libyan deputies pledge to end divisions

Updated 28 November 2020

Libyan deputies pledge to end divisions

  • At the end of talks, 123 of the parliament’s 180 members pledged to put an end to “hate speech” and “divisions”
  • They vowed to hold “parliamentary elections and to complete the transition as soon as possible”

TANGIER: More than 120 Libyan deputies pledged Saturday in Morocco to “end the divisions” that undermine their country, starting by convening the elected parliament as soon as they return home.
The House of Representatives has not met for two years, and Libya has been wracked by violence and chaos since the toppling and killing of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
Two rival administrations have been vying for control of the country — the Government of National Accord and an eastern administration backed by part of the elected parliament.
The latter is deeply divided, with sessions taking place in parallel in the east and west.
At the end of five days of talks in Tangier, Morocco, 123 of the parliament’s 180 members pledged on Saturday to put an end to “hate speech” and “divisions” that undermine Libyan institutions.
They vowed to hold “parliamentary elections and to complete the transition as soon as possible,” and that all members of the House of Representatives would meet in session “as soon as they return” to Libya.
The session will take place in Ghadames, a desert oasis near Libya’s borders with both Algeria and Tunisia.
Ghadames is considered to be far from the centers of power.
“Having 123 deputies at the same table is in itself a success,” Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said.
“Libya needs a House of Representatives that plays its role... The next meeting in Libya will have a great impact on political dialogue,” he said.
The talks come at a time of increasing moves to break the deadlock in the country, which has Africa’s biggest oil reserves.
In mid-November, a UN-sponsored political dialogue forum in Tunis agreed to hold elections on December 24, 2021, but not on who will lead the transition.