Dubai bans private New Year’s Eve gatherings of more than 30 people

Dubai bans private New Year’s Eve gatherings of more than 30 people
Family gatherings and events organized to celebrate New Year’s Eve can only accommodate a maximum of 30 people, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said. (File/Getty Images)
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Updated 26 December 2020

Dubai bans private New Year’s Eve gatherings of more than 30 people

Dubai bans private New Year’s Eve gatherings of more than 30 people
  • Those hosting private social gatherings that violate the guidelines will be fined AED 50,000 ($13,613)
  • Elderly people and those with existing health conditions have been advised not to attend social gatherings

LONDON: Family gatherings and events organized in tents and homes to celebrate New Year’s Eve can only accommodate a maximum of 30 people, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said on Saturday.
Attendees are required to wear face masks at all times and practice social distancing and anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing or fever must refrain from attending gatherings, the committee said.
Those hosting private social gatherings that violate the guidelines will be fined AED 50,000 ($13,613) and each attendee will be fined AED 15,000.
Elderly people and those with existing health conditions have been advised not to attend social gatherings.
Inspections will continue to be held to ensure compliance, the committee added.


UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships
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UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships
  • The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Both sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areasboth sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas

DUBAI: The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and ways of ensuring security and stability in the region with his Cypriot counterpart on Monday,.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan reviewed the prospects of advancing relations with Cyprus in a meeting in Abu Dhabi with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of enhancing international cooperation to ensure fair and equitable access to the vaccine for every country in the world.
Christodoulides praised the UAE’s significant overall efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic and the efficiency of its adopted measures in mitigating the economic and social effects of the crisis.
During his visit to the UAE, the Cypriot minister also met with the Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), Saqr Ghobash, accompanied with the Ambassador of Cyprus to the UAE, Yannis Michaelides.
During the meeting, both sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas.
Ghobash said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on their parliamentary cooperation is required, in addition to reinforcing the role of joint parliamentary friendship committees.
A parliamentary friendship committee between the two countries will hold a meeting in the first quarter of 2021, Ghobash said, and stressed the importance of improving their coordination during global parliamentary events.
Christodoulides said that the UAE was a leading regional and international stature, noting that it is a strategic partner of his country.
He also conveyed the invitation of the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus to Ghobash to visit Cyprus as head of a parliamentary delegation, to discuss ways of reinforcing their parliamentary ties.