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IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans soak up the excitement as action goes live

UAE|: Dubai: The 13th edition of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) kickstarted in the UAE on Saturday, much to the delight of cricket fans here. Remember IPL 2020 matches have been moved out of India and are being hosted in the UAE owing to rising number of coronavirus cases in India. This has been a windfall of sorts for fans in the UAE who always hesitated to travel to India to catch these matches live. 
Gulf News went around Dubai and caught the mood live as fans were seen soaking up the excitement at Makar Scottish Bar in Radisson Blu Waterfront in Business Bay and Moon Mood Cafe in Oud Metha Road See more Dubai Metro turns 11 years old today COVID-19: In photos, From open-air gyms to walking in the park, see how UAE residents stay fit Photos: Gulf News reader shares his favourite travel destinations in the UAE, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia IPL in UAE: Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore buzzing ahead of big day Supporters react during the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, at the Kickers sports bar in Dubai Sports City. Image Credit: Antonin Kélian Kallouche/Gulf News Jaspreet Singh from Mumbai said it would be Mumbai Indians all the way. “They are a team who have always learnt from failures. They are well-planned and strategically stronger than Chennai. They have always defended low-scoring matches. They have a good chance to win tonight,” said Singh during the break after Mumbai Indians scored 162. “It’s a treat for IPL fans in the UAE. Am rooting for Chennai Super Kings [CSK],” said Max Meitei, 39, a yoga teacher from the Indian state of Manipur. A Mumbai Indians supporter at Kickers sports bar in Dubai Sports City. Image Credit: Antonin Kélian Kallouche/Gulf News He said both CSK and Mumbai Indians (MI) have a strong line-up and both the sides have charismatic captains in Rohit Sharma [MI] and Mahendra Singh Dhoni [CSK] would be looking forward to an early lead on the points table with a win on Saturday. A Mumbai Indians and a Chennai Super Kings supporter keep the camaraderie going. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani Amit K. Mulani, 45, CEO, Oriental insurance Dubai, from Mumbai said by default he would be supporting Mumbai Indians. “With Rohit Sharma at the helm, we are looking strong here.” Read more Dubai officials shut another cafe, fine several other shops for breaking COVID-19 safety rules COVID-19: Eight arrested in Abu Dhabi and RAK for violation of safety protocol at wedding receptions Man arrested in Sharjah for violating COVID-19 quarantine rules Another expatriate Raj Chauhan, a Mumbai fan, said MI had a strong batting line-up. “Jasprit Bumrah, as per ICC [International Cricket Council] rankings, is the No 1 bowler and he will win the match for us.” However, Anant Chaturvedi disagreed. A CSK fan, Chaturvedi said CSK captain Dhoni was a very intelligent player and he would win the match for us.”

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Man arrested in Sharjah for violating COVID-19 quarantine rules

UAE|: Sharjah: Sharjah Police arrested a COVID-19 patient for breaching mandatory quarantine rules. The patient violated COVID-19 preventive rules despite being infected with the virus, endangering his life and that of others, Sharjah Police said in a statement on Saturday. Brigadier Dr Ahmad Saeed Al Naour, Director General of Central Operations at Sharjah police said the patient has been put under quarantine and legal action has been initiated againsst him. See More UAE: 10 natural hidden gems in the country UAE: 10 time-travel movies or series perfect for the weekend IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Hefty fine Brigadier Al Naour who is also Head of the Executive Committee of Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management in the emirate, said: “ The man was arrested because he did not follow quarantine rules and endganger other people including his family members. He has now been sent back to quarantine with strict monitoring. As per the UAE Attorney General’s Resolution No. 38 of 2020 on the list of violations and administrative sanctions for non-compliance with precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a fine of Dh50,000 is imposed on a person for failing to adhere to quarantine instructions. “Safety of the society is a major priority. Police won’t stand still with violators who endanger the lives of others,” added Brig Al Naour. COVID-19 violations in Sharjah Meanwhile, Sharjah Police caughter 2,437 people between September 1 to 15 for violating COVID-19 guidelines. The move was part of the campaign to prevent violations in a bid to curb COVID-19 spread. “Some 2,486 fines were also issued issued against people who committed 26 types of violations. The most common violations is not wearing masks and complying with safety distances in closed public places like shopping malls or in public transport,” he said. Motorists were also issued fines for having more than three passengers in a car. Brig Al Naour urged the public to cooperate with the authority to curb COVID-19 spread and alert Sharjah Police about anyone violating the COVID-19 precautionary measures.

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COVID-19: Eight arrested in Abu Dhabi and RAK for violation of safety protocol at wedding receptions

UAE|: Abu Dhabi: The Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Prosecution at the Federal Public Prosecution has ordered the arrest of eight persons for organising wedding parties in different places and in the presence of a large number of people who were not first-degree relatives. According to the UAE Public Prosecution, the attendees failed to adhere to physical distancing norms and wearing face masks, in violation of the precautionary measures taken nationwide to fight COVID-19. See more Dubai Metro turns 11 years old today Model diplomacy: UAE, Israeli flags at photoshoot in Dubai Photos: Gulf News reader shares his favourite travel destinations in the UAE, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia The Public Prosecution said that Abu Dhabi Police have reported two incidents while Ras Al Khaimah has reported one wedding reception where the total number of people found to be guilty were eight, who were all referred to the Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Prosecution. “Legal actions have been taken against the violators who are now in custody, pending further investigation” the Public Prosecution added, calling on the pubic to strictly adhere to precautionary measures, laws and regulations issued by the competent authorities so that they are not held legally accountable. “Failing to implement the instructions issued by the competent authorities is a crime punishable by law according to Federal Decree, Law No (2) of 2011 on the Establishment of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, where the violators will be subject to an imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months and/or a fine of not less than Dh100,000 Emirati Dirhams,” the Public Prosecution clarified. Read more Dubai officials shut another cafe, fine several other shops for breaking COVID-19 safety rules COVID-19 vaccine: UAE Minister of Health received first dose Over 150,000 in quarantine and home isolation in Abu Dhabi “COVID-19 measures and precautions were to limit the spread of COVID-19, protect the health and safety of the UAE community and support government efforts being made to contain the repercussions of this pandemic on various aspects of health, economiy and social life. Therefore, whoever fails to adhere to these measures will be held legally accountable”, the statement highlighted.

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Dubai officials shut another cafe, fine several other shops for breaking COVID-19 safety rules

UAE|: Dubai: Dubai officials closed down a coffee shop whose staff were not wearing face masks and issued fines and warnings to other businesses in ongoing inspections regarding COVID-19 precautionary measures. In a series of tweets on Saturday, Dubai Economy said that it has closed a coffee shop in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Commerce as the cafe’s employees were not wearing face masks. They were also not adhering to social distancing. See More IPL 2020 in UAE: Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and David Warner arrive in UAE UAE: 10 time-travel movies or series perfect for the weekend IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Also, seven establishments, including commercial ones, in malls, International City, and Al Bada’a area were fined for not adhering to the precautionary measures, specifically social distancing. A further five shops were fined for not placing social distancing stickers. 660 businesses During the checks, 660 businesses were found compliant. Dubai Economy reiterated the importance of following the precautionary measures and reporting any violation through the Dubai Consumer app. Authorities have stepped up spot safety checks on businesses in the wake of a spike in coronavirus cases recently. On Saturday, the UAE announced 809 new cases of COVID-19, taking the overall tally in the country to 84,242.

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Cricket fans can now have their cake and eat it too

UAE|: Sharjah: Cricket fans in the UAE can now literally get a slice of the IPL action as a bakery has created a cricket-themed cake — complete with a stadium — to mark the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 2020 edition that starts in Abu Dhabi tonight. Golden Loaf’s IPL cake is shaped like a round white stadium, featuring a neat pitch in the middle with a yellow bat and a red ball on the side. Five miniature floodlights surround the green ‘ground’ of the mini stadium. See more Dubai Metro turns 11 years old today IPL in UAE: Kane Williamson rises to challenge for Sunrisers Hyderabad Model diplomacy: UAE, Israeli flags at photoshoot in Dubai Photos: Gulf News reader shares his favourite travel destinations in the UAE, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia ‘Welcome Back in UAE ... IPL’, reads the edible banner on the stadium wall. The cake, weighing around 2kg, is going at half price — Dh120 — and will be available throughout the IPL tournament. It can be bought from the Golden Loaf branch on Al Wahda Street, Sharjah, and its sister concern, Golden Spike & Wheat, in Musaffah, Abu Dhabi. Read more Dubai officials shut another cafe, fine several other shops for breaking COVID-19 safety rules COVID-19 vaccine: UAE Minister of Health received first dose COVID-19: Eight arrested in Abu Dhabi and RAK for violation of safety protocol at wedding receptions “We at Golden Loaf are known to commemorate special occasions with our cakes, such as the launch of the UAE’s Hope Probe to Mars earlier, and now the IPL. The IPL cake comes in vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavours. We can also customise the flavour according to the customers’ taste on a make-on-order basis,” said Suresh Kurup, senior manager and chief financial officer, Golden Loaf.

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COVID-19 vaccine: UAE Minister of Health received first dose

Health|: Abu Dhabi: Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al Owais, UAE's Minister of Health and Prevention, received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine that is being tested in the country. The move comes as part of the ministry’s plan announced last week to administer the vaccine to specific categories of the frontline workers. see more Eerie images of an abandoned prison in Compiegne, Northern France IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab In Pictures: Hurricane Sally’s aftermath Photos: Palestinian female travel bloggers promote local tourism Al Owais affirmed that the vaccine has been authorised for emergency use as “part of the country’s measures to protect health workers in close contact with COVID-19 patients and ensure their safety,” and that it was “fully aligned with the regulations and laws that allow a faster review of licensing procedures.” “The clinical trials of the vaccine have shown positive results in the UAE and the vaccine is safe and effective and will contribute to reducing the losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and saving lives,” The minister said. Earlier last week, the UAE approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently undergoing Phase III clinical trials, the vaccine is being made optionally available to healthcare workers on the frontlines in the Gulf country after showing promising results so far. Led by Abu Dhabi’s G42 Healthcare, results from the final stages of the third phase of its COVID-19 inactivated vaccine reportedly confirmed that the vaccine is “safe and effective, resulting in a strong generation of COVID-19 antibodies.” The Phase III trials, which followed the apparent success of Phase I and Phase II trials conducted by China’s Sinopharm, took place with the help of 31,000 volunteers from 125 nationalities. Approximately 1,000 of those reportedly have a history of chronic illness.

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Over 150,000 in quarantine and home isolation in Abu Dhabi

UAE|: Abu Dhabi: A total of 150,000 COVID-19 patients have so far been admitted in quarantine facilities or placed in home isolation in Abu Dhabi emirate. In a statement on social media, healthcare regulator, the Department of Health (DoH) said there are currently more than 70 operational isolation centres. See also Volunteers flock to COVID-19 vaccine trials in virus hotspot Florida From the editors: UAE makes trial COVID-19 vaccine available for frontline workers Thai scientists begin COVID-19 vaccine trials on monkeys WHO wants to review Russian COVID-19 vaccine safety data “DoH, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) and the concerned authorities, has prepared quarantine and home quarantine and home isolation locations that have been set up for COVID-19 patients and those who have been in direct contact with them,” the DoH said. “The DoH is keen to provide the best healthcare services, raise the absorptive capacity according to the needs of the sector, and establish a clear working mechanism with a preventive framework to track cases, control infection and limit the spread of the virus,” it added. Isolation vs quarantine The authority also clarified the difference between isolation and quarantine. “Isolation is the separation of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 individuals from others to avoid contagion. Quarantine is separating and restricting the activities of healthy people for a period of time, as determined by the concerned health authorities,” the DoH said. “These are common health practices that contribute to preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Isolation and quarantine are imposed on infected individuals or those who have had contact with an infected person, by separating them from healthy people in order to prevent the spread of disease,” it added. New guidelines Prior to the weekend, Abu Dhabi clarified its current guidelines for quarantine and isolation for international travellers, which require about 14 days of quarantine in the emirate after arrival from abroad. It also announced that notices will be affixed to residential locations where patients, or people in contact with COVID-19 patients, are in home isolation.

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Ricky Ponting confident Delhi Capitals can deliver against Kings XI Punjab

Dubai: Having made the necessary adjustments during these ‘new normal’ times, the Delhi Capitals are looking confidently ahead as they face the Kings XI Punjab in Sunday’s match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “We have done most of our research on them, but we’ve got a little more to do to prepare for the game,” Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting told media from across the globe in the customary prematch conference on Saturday. “We cannot really say anything about this IPL tournament as every squad out there is a very strong squad. As far as the KXIP are concerned, we know them as a team and what they are capable of doing. But that said, we are 100 per cent prepared for the task ahead. It has been a long preparation period and we hope to start strong to get our IPL campaign under way.” IPL 2020 in UAE: Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and David Warner arrive in UAE In Pictures: UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar spot on in Tour de France IPL in UAE: Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore relax from pool side to pool table IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Ponting also brushed aside the constant talk about being under pressure in the coronavirus-safe environment in the UAE. “There is no pressure on how the game is played. We have been in the bio bubble and the interaction between us has been different. The fact that there are no crowds means there is less pressure,” he said. “As the coaching staff, it is just about giving our team the best chance to perform at their best levels. We are just approaching this first game as any other game and we want to focus on nothing more than the first one. We need a good start.” Sunday’s opener will be an indicator in more ways than one for the DC set-up, who have splurged some serious cash while having some of the most experienced players at their disposal such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and Alex Carey, who last week starred in Australia’s 2-1 win in the ODI series against hosts England. “All preparations have been different this time. We are yet to play our first game and we all know there will be some challenges there. But, once we start then we will create our own energy on the field so that our fans are happy with what we do,” Ponting said. IPL 2020 in UAE: BCCI, Emirates Cricket Board sign MoU and hosting agreement to boost cricket between India and UAE IPL 2020 in UAE: This year's viewership will be highest ever, says IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel IPL 2020 in UAE: Here's what fans can look forward to from Chennai Super Kings & MS Dhoni IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals’ coach Ponting banks on the Rishabh Pant factor During December’s auction in Bengaluru, DC released a clutch of players and brought in exciting names such as Carey, Hetmyer, Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis, Tushar Deshpande and Lalit Yadav. “We are convinced we have a good band of players, and having such names means we also go in with a lot of flexibility,” Ponting said. “Rahane has given us the depth. Shikhar was good as anybody last season. He took the game to the other. He scored more than 600 runs last season and he had a super series. He looks an even better this year from what I have seen during training. Shreyas has always been the leader and then we have others like Stoinis, Ashwin and Carey. “We have a lot of our bases covered and the hard work that has been put in particularly in the last three weeks will start showing off starting off with the first match. This is one of the most focused teams that I have seen preparing and I am really excited about what lies ahead.”

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UAE ministry to continue free remote family counselling services

UAE|: Dubai: The Ministry of Community Development has announced that it will continue to provide its ‘Taaluf’ family counselling services remotely by phone, e-mail and live episodes weekly on its Instagram account. The ministry has increased “its efforts to achieve family cohesion” through its participation in the ‘Unified Family Counselling Portal’ in support of the General Women’s Union. See more Dubai Metro turns 11 years old today Photos: Gulf News reader shares his favourite travel destinations in the UAE, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia COVID-19: UAE announces new protocols for weddings, funerals, social events The counselling services allow all members of the community to have access to a group of specialists and family counsellors through four interactive channels: the hotline 800623, video calls, the ministry’s website and Instagram account @mocduae. During the first half of this year, which saw movement restrictions because of COVID-19, the ministry provided more than 282 family counselling services — 84 per cent of them remotely.
Alia Al Joker, director of family development department at the ministry, said the ministry supports families to meet the challenges imposed by the rapid changes and strengthen the UAE’s efforts to raise the level of community awareness. She added that Taaluf counselling services are available free of charge to Emiratis and expatriates who wish to receive advice in various fields (such as marital or educational) via phone or its website. All the counselling services, in Arabic and English, are provided with full privacy to promote positive family culture in the community. Out of those who availed of the free counselling services during the first six months of 2020, 75 per cent were Emiratis while 25 per cent were expats of different nationalities. Read more COVID-19: Dubai shops fined after staff fail to wear masks Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s wife Maanayata photo of family in Dubai Air India Express to resume flights to and from Dubai today Al Joker said the health and social conditions resulting from the pandemic have created challenges for families, leading the ministry to develop remote family counselling services. The purpose is to expand the options of providing counselling to help all the family members meet these challenges.

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IPL in UAE: Meet Anuja Dalvi, the only female physio in world’s richest T20 league

Dubai: The smiling visage of Anuja Dalvi at the practice sessions of Rajasthan Royals - ever since their Indian players got down to business from the last week of August in Dubai - did not really raise an eyebrow. Yes, she is the only female physio in the Indian Premier League (IPL), who is also doubling up as their in-charge of the COVID-19 task force, but she had already carved a niche for herself in this field in India before taking up the assignment. In an arena which is dominated by some of the biggest names in the business like her mentor John Gloster, former Indian physios Andrew Leipus or Shankar Basu, Anuja is the stereotype of what you call the barrier-breaker - but has serious credentials to back it up. A Masters degree holder of Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia, Anuja had been trained at two elite institutes; GS medical college at KEM Hospital in Mumbai and her Alma Mater at Adelaide. SEE MORE IPL in UAE: Mumbai Indians prepare for Abu Dhabi opener against Chennai Super Kings IPL in UAE: Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and David Warner arrive in UAE In Pictures: UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar spot on in Tour de France IPL in UAE: Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore relax from pool side to pool table Backed by over 11 years of experience, during which she has worked as the National Cricket Academy of the BCCI in Bengaluru as well as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Anuja admits the current assignment is certainly one of the most demanding ones in her career. Just as the Royals were about to leave for the UAE around the third week of August, they had a bit of hiccup when their fielding coach Dishant Yagnik tested positive for coronavirus. How difficult was it to leave him back in India and monitor his progress? ‘‘John (Gloster) and I were in constant touch with Dishant - not just over his physical health but we supported him to stay motivated throughout. We made sure that the protocols were followed without losing the human touch and taking care of the sensitivity of the situation. Dishant was patient and cooperative throughout this process. It was wonderful to have him back in business here by early September,’’ Anuja recalled. Speaking to Gulf News in an exclusive chat, 34-year-old Anuja, wife of Niranjan Pandit - a familiar name in the scene of sports medicine in India - admitted that it’s been a learning process to combine the two roles of being a team physio and in-charge of Covid task force for a high profile sports franchise like Rajasthan Royals. ‘‘It’s been a very interesting journey so far in my First year with Royals. I have previously done medical management work with IMG-IPL and Pro Kabbadi League but in these unique circumstances of Covid -19, each moment is a learning experience. Members of Rajasthan Royals squad go through their paces at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Image Credit: Supplied picture ‘‘I am largely handling the Covid management for our franchise with an invaluable support of my team members, most notably team doctor Dr Robert Young and Gloster. A lot of structured thinking has gone behind our bio-bubble and the higher management is paying particular attention in achieving the very best to formulate and implement protocols - and at the same time - taking care of nurturing a healthy team environment in the bubble,’’ Anuja said. During the course of the interview, Anuja admits that she has had to handle the question of being a barrier-breaker only in media interviews. ‘‘Honestly, only if someone points out this fact that I’m the only female in the core support staff team is when I realise the gender-difference. Someone told me sometime back that gender doesn’t matter, what matters is the work should be accomplished with the highest quality - and I believe in this thought completely. In the past, I have worked with various elite male athletes at my clinic as well as on the field. I knew some of the boys from before and having worked in cricket for a decade makes the scenario much easier. I must appreciate the professionalism of all our boys, there is not a small percentage of awkwardness. The work environment is extremely encouraging,’’ she observed. READ MORE IPL in UAE: UAE pitches can hold the key to success IPL in UAE: Chennai Super Kings prepare for a perfect blast-off From the Editors: IPL to kickstart the showpiece in UAE; UAE ministry's COVID alert IPL in UAE: Google reinforces Play Store gambling policies before IPL 13 An unique feature of Anuja’s profile is that she seems to have her either feet in cricket and Olympic sports - having worked with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), badminton, tennis, shooting and gymnastics. She is also a part of a NGO Go Sports Foundation which works with the Olympic and Para-olympic athletes. How different are the nature of fitness issues and injuries on the two sides? Taking off on the technical perspective, she says: ‘‘There is this common notion around cricket that it doesn’t require athleticism and fitness like other olympic sports. Well, I have been fortunate to have worked closely with different sports and the sports science & injury analysis of each sport is non-comparable. ‘‘Traditionally, a sport of skills, cricket is drastically embracing the fitness and athleticism especially with the growing popularity of T-20. Olympic sports have always demanded the extreme prowess out of an athlete especially as most of them are individual sports. Also the psychology and sports science behind team sports and individual sports will always remain uniquely different,’’ she felt. Finally, did she ever feel the shadow of gender bias in executing her job in a career spanning over a decade? ‘‘I have been working in the professional sports sector for a decade now but fortunately, I have never encountered any gender bias. I was recommended By Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) over my male physio colleagues for the NCA cricket-specific certification in the year 2009 - the year when my cricket journey started. I was one of the brightest in my class of Level 1 Physiotherapy and have been always respected and appreciated by my male colleagues in cricket. ‘‘I feel in our world of Sports Physio & Sports sciences, there shouldn’t be any gender bias. Females are equally talented as males. Your skills & technique as a physio and the willingness to put in hard work can make you equally effective in the hands-on treatment. But the most important thing is you have to follow the ethics, develop the right attitude and professionalism. This is the key to success in any field for any gender,’’ she signed off.

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Dubai opens a unique new four-way footbridge to handle 8,000 pedestrians per hour

Transport|: Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday opened a unique four-directional pedestrian bridge considered as the first of its kind in the UAE. Located at the intersection of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street with Al Gharbi Street at the entrance of Dubai Marina, the bridge has four escalators linking the four sides of the junction. It stretches 75 metres and can handle about 8,000 people per hour in all directions. See More Eerie images of an abandoned prison in Compiegne, Northern France News in pictures: Woman gang raped in India, Trump on Ginsburg, terror suspects held in Kerala, Google announcement, Lady Gaga on racism, train derails near Mumbai... Photos: Pre-hispanic dancers perform energy cleansing rituals COVID-19: UAE announces new protocols for weddings, funerals, social events Busy junction Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of RTA’s Board of Executive Directors, said: “Constructing a footbridge of this magnitude at the Marina has been prompted by a host of considerations. The junction is used by as much as 2,300 people and 2,000 vehicles during peak hours in each direction. More than 1,000 people cross the junction to head to the JBR during weekends. Moreover, Dubai Tram crosses the intersection every six minutes. The area accommodates two tram stations and one bus stop, and there are no pedestrian crossings nearby.” Unique design He added: “The design of the bridge frontage is inspired by the urban nature of the area with a shape and colour that fit well with the pattern of surrounding buildings. The curved shape of the bridge emulates the coastal areas in great harmony with the neighbourhood. The bridge enables pedestrians to move freely between the four sides of the junction, thus avoiding any stop at light signals.” The design of the bridge frontage is inspired by the urban nature of the area with a shape and colour that fit well with the pattern of surrounding buildings. Coming soon The number of footbridges constructed in Dubai soared from 13 bridges in 2006 to 129 bridges today. RTA plans to build other 36 footbridges between 2021 and 2026, which will bring the total number of pedestrian bridges to 165 bridges. Between now and 2021, RTA will complete the construction of nine footbridges at vital locations in Dubai. RTA efforts to improve pedestrian safety contributed to reducing pedestrian fatalities in Dubai by 76.6 per cent.

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Dubai Global Village announces sale of season 25 VIP packs from October 3

UAE|: Dubai: The sale of highly popular VIP packs for the Dubai Global Village will start from October 3. Global Village, the UAE’s leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, has announced the launch date for sales of the highly anticipated Season 25 VIP packs. Beginning Saturday, October 3, at 10am, packs will be on offer in limited quantities whilst stocks last exclusively through the Virgin Megastore ticketing website. Virgin Megastore Tickets has put a virtual queuing system in place to allow customers to purchase their pack seamlessly. Vastly popular among guests and great gifts for friends and loved ones, individuals over the age of 18 with a valid Emirates ID can buy up to eight VIP packs per person. See More IPL in UAE: Mumbai Indians prepare for Abu Dhabi opener against Chennai Super Kings Photos: Gulf News reader shares his travel pictures in the UAE, Egypt, Jordan and the US From the editors: UAE makes trial COVID-19 vaccine available for frontline workers UAE-Israel peace deal signing ceremony in pictures Three types of VIP packs Available in Platinum, Gold, and Silver categories, the highly popular packs will include VIP parking passes, VIP entry tickets, VIP parking cards, and VIP Wonder Passes for access to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum attraction, the action-packed stunt show and the hugely popular carnaval rides and games. VIP Pack holders will enjoy additional value this season as they will receive fast track entry to selected Carnaval rides, up to 50% complimentary bonus points when they top up their VIP Wonder Pass, and a limited edition 25th anniversary souvenir collectable. Mindful of the current situation, Global Village has also made the decision to reduce prices, increasing further the appeal of the VIP packs. Read More Revealed: Dubai’s Global Village special Silver Jubilee season-opening day UAE musicians, get ready to jam with the world’s largest rock band Exclusive offers Global Village VIPs will also be able to enjoy exclusive complimentary offers and privileges from other major entertainment destinations in Dubai, including The Green Planet, Roxy Cinemas, Laguna Waterpark and Dubai Parks and Resorts. Offers range from complimentary annual passes or entry tickets to food and beverage discounts depending on the location. Concierge service This season, Global Village has also launched a VIP privilege concierge service to assist their VIP guests and ensure the best possible experience before, during and after each visit. Khadija Khalifa, Senior Director of Commercial at Global Village, said: “Here at Global Village, we are committed to providing our guests with exceptional experiences and this milestone season. We want to ensure our VIP guests enjoy new privileges throughout their visit. Many of our VIP pack holders have been loyal guests for the past 24 seasons and we are excited to welcome them again when we open our doors on October 25.” Reduced prices Khalifa noted that it was unusual year at many levels and it was is a difficult time for some. “For this reason, and even though we have added more privileges and value, we have reduced the price as a gesture of solidarity with our loyal guests. In addition to facilitate purchase all packs will be sold online.” We want to ensure our VIP guests enjoy new privileges throughout their visit. Many of our VIP pack holders have been loyal guests for the past 24 seasons and we are excited to welcome them again when we open our doors on October 25. Khadija Khalifa, Senior Director of Commercial at Global Village Nassim Goraieb, Regional Marketing Manager at Virgin Megastore, has also stated “We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Global Village and we are looking forward to the upcoming season. Even though this year is challenging, we are determined to always optimise the consumer experience by providing a full-fledged online solution that will allow customers to purchase their tickets from the comfort of their own home.” Prices of VIP packs Platinum packs will be available for sale at Dh5,000 and include an additional benefit of having a reserved parking space in the VIP parking zone at Global Village. The Gold Pack will be available for Dh1,800 with a value of Dh4,050 and the Silver Pack for Dh1,200, with benefits worth Dh3,340. Registration Upon purchasing, guests should activate their packs on the Global Village website before visiting the destination. From October 25, the brand new Global Village website and mobile application will also allow VIP pack owners to access their personalised accounts and the brand new VIP privileges. During activation, guests can also register their vehicle’s license plate number to ensure seamless entry and exit through the automated VIP parking smart system. Six months extravaganza Global Village is gearing up for the launch of its Silver Jubilee anniversary on October 25, 2020. The season will run for 25 weeks — a little over six months — this edition, which means Global Village visitors will, for the first time in many years, be able to experience Ramadan at the park. The Global Village will remain open until April 2021. The Muslim month of fasting will begin around April 12, 2021. Guests will savour many cuisines of the world for iftar, the sunset meal to end the daily fast. The family destination is in the process of setting up another great season for its guests while maintaining the highest safety standards. Global Village has already been awarded the Dubai Assured Stamp by Dubai Municipality, Dubai Economy and Dubai Tourism (DTCM) in light of the stringent preparations for opening.

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COVID-19: Travelling from UAE to India? Check the new state-wise quarantine rules

UAE|: Dubai: Passengers travelling from the UAE to India for certain urgent and essential short visits need not undergo mandatory quarantine in some states that have recently relaxed quarantine rules, Gulf News can reveal. Some states have relaxed quarantine rules for international passengers on short business visits, while some have become lenient for certain other categories of passengers as well. See more Photos: Gulf News reader shares his favourite travel destinations in the UAE, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia IPL in UAE: Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore ready to celebrate their 21st News in pictures: Amazon to hire 100,000 people, Kerala gold smuggling, Sally to hit Mexico, Russia vaccine, UAE mid-day break, Delhi COVID tests… This is in addition to the exemption previously declared for people with compelling reasons such as pregnancy, death in family, emergency medical reasons etc and those carrying RT-PCR COVID-19 negative results prior to departure. Due to varied rules in different states and union-territories, passengers are encouraged to check destination-specific rules through the respective government websites or airlines to avoid delays and difficulties in their journey. The south Indian state of Kerala, which has seen the highest number of passenger traffic from the UAE during the COVID-19 pandemic, has exempted passengers who visit the state for a short period for purposes like business, official, trade, medical, court cases, property management from mandatory quarantine. “The government has allowed them to visit the state for a period of up to seven days without mandatory quarantine, only after obtaining entry passes through the covid19jagratha portal. They shall provide the details of local itinerary along with the purpose of visit and local accommodation and contact person. Any deviations from this, during the visit, will have to be informed to the authorities with valid reasons,” the state has announced. Its neighbouring state Karnataka has exempted passengers on business trip who would return within 48 hours, from quarantine. “If duration of stay is more than 48 hours, but less than seven days, COVID-19 test will be done and after receiving negative report, they can complete their engagements and go back. Business or short-term visitors who come with negative RT-PCR test results are exempted from quarantine. The test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to boarding,” according to the latest rules from Karnataka. According to the Indian Consulate in Dubai, only two states — West Bengal and Tamil Nadu — have so far made pre-departure RT-PCR negative test result mandatory for international passengers, including those travelling through the UAE-India ‘air bubble’ during the pandemic. Telangana has exempted passengers travelling for business reasons and having negative RT-PCR test conducted within 96 hours prior to departure from the requirement of home or institutional quarantine. “However, the passengers should return within four days of arrival as evidenced by confirmed returned tickets,” the latest rule from Telangana stated. Passengers exiting Uttar Pradesh within seven days of arrival shall be exempted from mandatory quarantine subject to validation of return or onward travel. While there is no quarantine for business and corporate travellers in Madhya Pradesh, business travellers with confirmed return or onward tickets within four days of arrival and confirmed hotel reservation are exempted from quarantine and COVID-19 antigen test in Jammu and Kashmir. Business persons whose journey period is less than seven days are exempted from quarantine in Uttarakhand also. Meanwhile, passengers staying for less than five days in Ladakh need to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate using RT-PCR test, no later than 48 hours before their arrival from ICMR approved laboratories to avoid quarantine. Exemption for members of same family Assam is providing exemption from institutional quarantine to members of the same family travelling together if they are asymptomatic. In Tripura, all passengers intending to exit the state within 72 hours of the arrival shall be exempted from quarantine with an advice to self-monitor their health if they test negative for Rapid Antigen Test on arrival. “Anyone entering Nagaland for any urgent and essential work and is not in a position to quarantine, upon entry, he or she may give prior intimation to the respective district task force and if the period of stay is less than 48 hours, he or she may enter Nagaland after obtaining clearance, for performing the work and while following all health safety norms,” stated the new rules for quarantine exemption in Nagaland. Tips to ease your travel However, passengers from the UAE are encouraged to carry the RT-PCR test report to get exemption from paid institutional quarantine in all states. “Most of the passengers — about 80 to 90 percent of them—from the UAE to India are now carrying RT-PCR test result to avoid institutional quarantine and for safety reasons,” said Neeraj Agrawal, consul for Press, Information and Culture. Several people are now going to India on short visits due to various reasons, he said. “We would like to encourage them to take another test after reaching there if they are venturing out for some reasons and also follow the rules of the destination when they return,” he added. Read more COVID-19: Dubai shops fined after staff fail to wear masks Dubai’s Latifa Hospital attends to newborn weighing only 420gm How safe is the bread you buy in the UAE amid COVID-19 times? Passengers are also encouraged to upload the self-declaration health form through the Air Suvidha initiative on the portal of New Delhi Airport. Several states also require passengers to upload their documents on websites specified by the state governments. Tamil Nadu has made an auto generated ‘TN e-pass’ also mandatory for international passengers.

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Dubai’s Latifa Hospital attends to newborn weighing only 420gm

Health|: Dubai: The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Dubai’s Latifa Hospital for Women and Children admitted 1,058 babies in 2019 said a top Dubai Health Authority (DHA) official. This is the largest NICU in Dubai and babies that are born premature or have low birth weight and require to be in incubators are placed here. In 2018, the Nicu had admitted 967 babies. Dr Mahmoud Saleh El Halik, consultant Neonatologist and head of the NICU at Latifa Hospital added: “Out of the 1,058 admissions in the NICU, 31 per cent (329) were preterm babies, almost 10 per cent (96 babies) with low birth weight due to Intrauterine Growth Retardation and there were at least 11 babies below 500gm birth weight, with the smallest weighing only 420gm!” See more Photos: Gulf News reader shares his favourite travel destinations in the UAE, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia UAE-Israel peace deal signing ceremony in pictures News in pictures: Amazon to hire 100,000 people, Kerala gold smuggling, Sally to hit Mexico, Russia vaccine, UAE mid-day break, Delhi COVID tests… The hospital has an average of 4,000 deliveries per year. The NICU has a highly experienced team that provides care and management for extremely premature babies, some weighing as little as 500 grammes, with excellent outcomes. To cope with the increase in the number of NICU admissions, the hospital’s NICU has increased its capacity over the years and today it has 64 beds, making it the largest NICU in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. It is a referral unit for complicated cases. International affiliation The hospital’s NICU unit is part of the Vermont Oxford Network, an international network of NICUs more than 1300 hospitals and countless individuals collaborating to improve neonatal care around the world with data-driven quality improvement and research in neonatal intensive care units of level I, II, & III care centres around the world, against which Latifa Hospital benchmarks itself. According to the Vermont Oxford Network, the hospital has achieved an 85 per cent breastfeeding rate for neonates which is 15 per cent higher than the international average and a significantly equal or better outcome when benchmarked with several other parameters in the network. Best ‘Kangaroo Care ‘ facility Latifa hospital is also a pioneer in Dubai in providing a family room in the hospital’s NICU for extremely premature babies and their mothers. The neonate and the mother stay for a few days prior to discharge from hospital to practise bathing, feeding and routine care for the newborn; which increases the mother’s confidence and is especially helpful in complicated cases. All newborns admitted receive an exceptional involvement of the parents in care mainly through implementing this internationally recongised system of Kangaroo care for all babies. Dr El Halik highlighted that there are plans to standardise neonatal care in Dubai through the 'Dubai Neonatal Network', under DHA’s Paediatric service line. The programme has been developed by Read more #AskDubaiOfficial: Residents can now directly put all Dubai education questions to KHDA chief #ZeroTogetherUAE: Gulf News launches campaign for a COVID-free world #AskDXBOfficial: All expatriates with valid UAE resident visas allowed to return, says top official Latifa Hospital’s neonatologists, which is the first of its kind in the region. “The network will retrieve data related to neonatal services in all NICU’s in Dubai to help benchmark neonatal services, collect data and offer comparative analysis and an opportunity for quality improvement projects in different neonatal intensive care units. Implementation will be through the Health regulation department in DHA,” said Dr El Halik. He added that collecting this data will help enhance neonatal care in all NICU’s in the country. Latifa Hospital is equipped with the most advanced neonatal ventilation modes and haemodynamic monitoring run by an expert team of neonatologists that ensure a pioneering neonatal care with excellent outcomes.

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COVID-19: Are you willing to take up any job in the UAE?

UAE|: Dubai: Call it coincidence or a response to the challenging times amid the pandemic, jobseekers in the UAE are increasingly scouting for opportunities outside their traditional fields of work, changing the job market dynamics, employment services and HR professionals have said. See more Dubai Metro turns 11 years old today McLaren 620R MSO R Pack available to Middle East customers Model diplomacy: UAE, Israeli flags at photoshoot in Dubai Aston Martin DBX will arrive in the Middle East in October While some candidates in this widening pool of talent are willing to settle for any role at any salary in order to stay afloat, others are keen to reskill themselves to be able to cut through the clutter. And as online courses to upgrade skills see a huge uptake, the changing scenario has also resulted in an unlikely boom of freelancers, recruiters said. Will any job do? Aws Ismail, general manager of recruitment firm Marc Ellis, said, “We have seen a higher number of applicants from different sectors asking us for jobs in any industry or field. The candidates that used to apply for jobs in relation to their experience are now also open to considering any opportunity from any employer that would take them to avoid being out of work for too long.” Candidates who once applied for jobs in relation to their experience are now also open to considering any opportunity Image Credit: Stock image. For illustrative purpose only He said in many cases, employers are either rejecting their profiles or offering lower salaries on the basis they are not skilled for the role. “The most common jobs where people without relevant skillsets are being hired is in hospitality. This trend has only been noticed from lesser skilled candidates. Unfortunately, the problem with this is that employers do not usually want to hire anyone that isn’t fitting the requirements needed for the job, and so it is very difficult for those candidates to secure the jobs they are applying for.” He said the Marc Ellis Training Academy has noticed an increase in participants who are keen to reskill or upskill themselves within the demands of the current market, most specifically in the digital space, like Robotics Process Automation (RPA), Data Science and Scrum. What are the sectors in demand? According to LinkedIn, the trend is reflective of a global phenomenon. Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn EMEA Emerging Markets, Middle East & Africa, told Gulf News, “Job markets across the world were among the strongest indicators of the repercussions of the global pandemic crisis. The recreation, hospitality and travel sectors have been hit harder than others, forcing professionals in these fields to change direction in their careers.” He said according to LinkedIn data that measured the likelihood of our members looking for jobs outside their sector, professionals in the recreation and travel industries were five times more likely to apply for a job outside their field during the last 12 months. In the retail sector, people were 2.1 times more likely to apply for a job in a sector different than their own, as a high percentage of retailers faced high losses during the crisis.” He said there has been a huge uptake for LinkedIn’s 16,000 courses on in-demand skills. “We also recently made a global announcement with Microsoft to help reskill 25 million people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Through this initiative, we hope to help accelerate economic recovery by equipping those hardest hit with the digital skills the post-pandemic job market requires. For companies looking to hire, reaching out to employees in these industries may be a good idea, as they tend to be more available than those in other sectors, and are more likely to be actively looking for work. This could also be a good opportunity to diversify work teams with people who have different backgrounds and skills — not just those with experience in your industry.” Are there takers for freelancers? The shifting industry hiring patterns and underlying changes to the way companies work have redefined roles during the COVID-19 crisis. As Shirin Khan, Manager-PEO Services, Nathan & Nathan Human Resources, said, “In today’s COVID-19 ridden world, when uncertainty is at its peak, we must embrace the change and acknowledge the new realities. Our learnings from the pandemic, from remote working to putting forth our finest technological fronts, have taught us a way to work without hampering our healthy life balance. Shirin Khan Shirin Khan “While most of us may be looking for new jobs out of necessity, the COVID-19 predicament is also an opportune time to take a peek into the remote work positions and freelance gigs . This change in the environment requires us to be prepared for a job that is completely out of our forte or shift to an entirely new career path.” Career change Speaking of a career change, she said, “How many times have we found ourselves say what if I was destined to be a fitness trainer, or an influencer? Perhaps even a writer. We are all guilty of having thoughts of such a sudden career shift. What if I were to tell you that a thought that would have ordinarily been painted as too risky is providing a much more promising path than the conventional yet mundane job-seeking route in the time of this crisis?” She said with a weak ongoing job market, being a freelancing individual is a “ray of sunshine”. “Given the current situation, an individual who is on the path of freelancing can find freedom in working as a freelancer on their own or to work on a temporary contract basis and fulfill short term project based work with various companies Employers value a freelancer for their individualised work, they prefer hiring such experts because the inputs-required in training, facilitation and other usual benefits- are greatly reduced while the outputs are only increased,” she added. She said according to a survey, 64 per cent of firms are currently relying on collaborations with freelancers and are continually looking for them as they have proven to produce better returns, both in terms of efficiency and productivity. “While this pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on our lives, it has also given us a very important thing which is time, time to think, to research and rediscover ourselves.” Why reskill? What are residents saying? Shital Somaiya: A Future with Artifical Intelligence Shital Somaiya Shital Somaiya “COVID-19 is making people do dfferent things. I am essentially an engineer and a sales guy in the oild and gas industry. I realise the industry is changing rapidly and it can be very unnerving. I am saying that despite being 50 and having 20 years of experience. So I began to look at what I could do – Artifical Intelligence Data seemed like a good subject to learn as it would prepare me for the future. I took up a six month course to reskill myself – and I am glad to say I have already completed three months. Thankfully, I have not lost my job.” Vishal Kaslay: From e-recruitments to training Vishal Kaslay Vishal Kaslay “I have over 19 years of Enterprise Sales experience. In my last capacity as Head of Sales at a private company, I was made redundant. I was looking at sales jobs that fit my experience but was finding it very tough. I found an opportunity as a business manager, which was completely different to what I was doing previously but accepted it since my choices were limited and the company seemed great. I was happy to have made the right transition from e-recruitments into training.” Koshin Saleh: The sky is the limit Koshin Saleh Koshin Saleh “I have been a resident of Dubai for over six years and this is my first time experiencing any difficulty or challenge. I work in the airline industry and in June, I was made redundant due to COVID-19. Since then, I have been looking for all types of roles in various industries to seek an income to sustain a living. I’ve been open to starting a new career outside of the airline industry. I’m very excited to see what my next path entails.” Lathiffa Shifana Najimudeen: Taking the right step Lathiffa Shifana Najimudeen Lathiffa Shifana Najimudeen “I am a Software Engineer who landed in the UAE with my husband and a toddler, while everything around my family life was set. I had the urge to be an independent working woman. I took up a course in RPA and got myself certified. I believe I have taken the right step to relaunch my career and eventually become a successful professional.” Maneshveni VN: Set for an exciting new career Maneshveni VN Maneshveni VN “As a Software Quality Assurance Analyst who has predominantly worked on repetitive tasks, I realised the importance of automation and the need to upskill myself. But then came the big question: What to learn? I accidentally started reading an article on RPA. I found my five-weekend-long course very interesting and informative. I am all set for an exciting career path ahead.”