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Air India Express to resume flights to and from Dubai tomorrow

UAE|Business|: Dubai: All Air India Express flights to and from Dubai will operate as per original schedule with effect from September 19, the airline has just announced. The airline made the announcement on its Facebook page hours after its Dubai flights were rescheduled to Sharjah following a 15-day suspension of its Dubai operations ordered by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Five flights that were supposed to operate from Dubai International Airport were rescheduled to Sharjah International Airport on Friday following the 15-day suspension of the airline’s Dubai operations, the airline confirmed to Gulf News. The temporary suspension of operations from September 18 by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority came after the airline’s ground handling agents allowed two passengers with COVID-19 positive test results to board flights to Dubai—one each on two different dates from Delhi and Jaipur. The flights that were rescheduled to Sharjah were to Kozhikode (Calicut), Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Mumbai and Kannur, the airline said. While the Calicut flight was rescheduled from 10:30am to 1.15pm, the Kannur flight was postponed from 7.55pm to 11.55pm. There was no change in the time slots of the other three flights scheduled to depart at 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm. “Both Calicut and Thiruvananthapuram flights already arrived in and departed from Sharjah and they have landed in the respective destinations. More than 310 passengers flew on these flights,” an official said by 5pm on Friday. Barring one or two, most of the passengers flew on the rescheduled flights both ways, he said. “In order to mitigate the inconvenience that may be caused to passengers booked to fly to Dubai, the airline has introduced additional flights to Sharjah to accommodate the affected passengers,” the airline said in a media statement. Another official explained that passengers who were originally booked to fly to Dubai were being accommodated on the additional flights to Sharjah. The affected passengers were also being given the option to re-book to a future date, the airline said. The airline opened its offices in Dubai and Sharjah and also deputed a team at the Dubai International Airport to facilitate the travel of the affected passengers, officials said. The airline earlier in the day said it had reiterated the instructions to the handling agencies in India to strictly adhere to the regulations and SOP in relation to acceptance of passengers on its flights. Corrective and punitive measures “As abundant precaution, the airline has advised the handling agents to implement a three-tier checking mechanism to avoid any such lapse in the future,” it had stated. Based on the airline’s communication to them, the ground handling agencies concerned have taken appropriate punitive action against their employees who have been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur airports. Prior to the receipt of the DCAA notice, the airline had submitted a letter to the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority expressing its profuse apologies and detailing the various actions taken by the airline in association with the ground handling agents concerned to guard against such lapse in the future, the statement added. A senior official conveyed the airline’s apologies for the inconveniences caused to the passengers and also its gratitude for the support from the local authorities in rescheduling the flights to minimise it. Another resident, Safeer Chombakkada, said he was relieved to hear that the airline is resuming Dubai operations. “Nine members of my family are scheduled to return from Kerala on September 21. They include my wife and our newborn son,” said the new father. He said his wife had gone home for the delivery of their first baby during the COVID-19 pandemic. “My son was born on June 1. I haven’t seen him as I couldn’t fly home. I am super excited to receive him in Dubai. I am glad there won’t be any change in the schedule of the flight now.” Concerns, delays, relief Meanwhile, some passengers who spoke to Gulf News expressed concerns and relief following the suspension and rescheduling of the flights. Ajeesh R, a building maintenance worker in Dubai, who was leaving the country after losing his job, said he was concerned in the morning after seeing news reports about the suspension of the flights. “I had missed seeing the email from the airline,” said Ajeesh who was booked on the Kannur flight from Dubai. “I called them many times in the morning, but couldn’t get through. That is when I was worried if I would be able to leave today itself as I am going after cancelling my visa. However, Ajeesh said he saw the email later and also received an SMS about the rescheduling of the flight by 10am. “I was relieved after that. I live in Sharjah and hence it is okay to fly from Sharjah.” Meanwhile, Dubai resident Ligish Karumbayil said his wife Jeeshma and two young children returning from Kannur to Dubai would now have to travel four hours later and take a longer route after midnight from Sharjah International Airport to their flat in Dubai Production City. Though he was also relieved that they would be able to reach the UAE on the same day, he said he was worried if his family coming over on visit visa would have to undergo home quarantine since the flight was rescheduled to Sharjah. A travel agent said some other passengers from India were also confused about the changes in rules related to COVID-19 in both the emirates.

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IPL in UAE: How IPL changed the face of cricket

Did the Indian Premier League change cricket? Yes, it did. It revolutionised the game in India. The IPL served as a shot in the arm, thrusting Indian cricket into the centre stage of the world. Cricketers and crowds benefited enormously, while cash registers kept ringing endlessly. Twelve years later, IPL still hasn’t lost its allure. Cricket has always been very popular in India, but IPL raised the popularity by several notches. The T20 format is a perfect incubator for edge-of-the-seat dramas and thrilling finishes, providing an adrenalin rush for most people after a hard day’s work. The shorter duration and night matches helped set up fan bases that prefer IPL to soap operas on television. It brought a whole new audience to cricket. An audience that included Bollywood stars and celebrities. That infused more glamour into the game. Not that cricket was short on glamour and celebrities. IPL is where cricket meets Bollywood. Several Indian film stars own franchises, and Bollywood actors regularly turn up at the stadiums to support the teams. And the crowds love it. Here IPL may have borrowed a page from the playbook of the Cricket Beneficiary Fund Series games in Sharjah. Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL in 2008. Image Credit: Twitter T20 cricket was born in New Zealand in the 1990 as Cricket Max, but it became a tournament in England in 2003 to arrest the waning spectator interest. IPL turned that into a money spinner in 2008. The brand value of the IPL in 2019 was Rs475 billion ($6.7 billion), according to Duff & Phelps. An IPL game is more than a cricket match. The atmosphere is electric. Blaring music, brightly clad cheerleaders, Mexican waves, full-throated cheers and shrill whistling greet each ball racing to the boundary, as flame-throwers light up the packed stadium. The frenzy and the razzmatazz mark out IPL from the T20 leagues of the world. It’s a total entertainment package. SEE MORE IPL in UAE: CPL stars land in Dubai in time for IPL challenge IPL in UAE: Kane Williamson rises to challenge for Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL in UAE: Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore buzzing ahead of big day IPL in UAE: Mumbai Indians players spend quality time at the beach An entertainment package it is, but cricket is very much at the heart of IPL. Cricket is what tens of thousands of people come to watch. Millions more follow on television; a record 462 million viewers watched IPL 2019. And that prompts players to give off their best. After all, they are paid handsomely; some of them earn in a season more than what they would earn in their careers. Pat Cummins is the highest paid overseas player this season with a Rs155 million (Dh7.7 million) contract from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had a lucrative stint at Mumbai Indians. Image Credit: PTI STARDUST For the superstars, IPL is an opportunity to rake in the big bucks in the prime of their careers. For the fading stars, it offers a chance to boost their retirement funds. The retired stars too are in demand. They find jobs as coaches, analysts, mentors and team directors. So, everyone wins. Other T20 leagues offer similar opportunities, but they are not in the same league as the IPL. The Big Bash League is high in intensity, but Australia’s T20 competition lacks the lure of IPL. And the lucrative contracts. The biggest beneficiaries are domestic cricketers. IPL turned them into professionals. Now they make a living from the game. Some of them are millionaires, who would otherwise be slogging away in banks and offices to make ends meet barely finding time for practice sessions. The IPL launched the international career of Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: AFP INTERNATIONAL NOTICE IPL was instrumental in resurrecting the careers of several Indian internationals. Rohit Sharma was an enigma. A cricketer with abundant talent, his Test career never really took off. When he dawdled in cricket wilderness, IPL gave him a lifeline. Sterling performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad paved the way for the captaincy of Mumbai Indians. That confidence made him a feared opening batsman in limited-overs cricket. The impressive spells of Lakshmipathy Balaji and Ashish Nehra in IPL showed that age hadn’t withered their skills. And it allowed them to stage a comeback to international cricket. Ambati Rayudu’s wasn’t a comeback, but his India debut came on the back of some strong performances in the IPL. Several young players took the IPL route to India colours. Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and several others rode on the strength of their IPL performances to play international cricket. Some of them have good first-class records too, but IPL helped burnish their credentials. For many domestic cricketers, particularly the youngsters, IPL provides the platform to learn from the stalwarts of the game. Not just the skills, but how they approach the game. While Devdutt Padikkal can discuss his batting with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chief coach Simon Katich, Delhi Capitals’ captain Shreyas Iyer can seek advice from head coach Ricky Ponting, and Chennai Super Kings’ Ruturaj Gaikwad will benefit from playing alongside Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo. Sanju Samson gained vital experience in the IPL. Image Credit: Supplied OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS Cricketers in India also get a chance to pit their skills against the best in the business. When a young Sanju Samson lifts pace ace Dale Steyn over the straight boundary, it does wonders to his confidence. All this help raise the quality of first-class cricket in the country. There’s a downside to it as well. With IPL having such a massive influence on youngsters, the future of the longer formats be in jeopardy. Many of them prefer the limited-over variety as it offers a shorter route to riches and stardom. When youngsters shun Ranji Trophy, the talent pool for Test cricket shrinks drastically. When the base price in an IPL auction is Rs200,000, why would youngsters spend their time perfecting the outswinger? They would instead learn to bowl a variety of slower balls and an indipping yorker. They would opt to work on the reverse sweep and the slog to the cow corner. A backfoot defence and a square-cut with wrist rolling over will become endangered strokes. This is not an IPL problem. It’s a fallout of the burgeoning popularity of limited-overs cricket. Shorter games and more pay, you can’t argue with that. Purists may thumb noses at limited-overs cricket, but it has given a new lease of life to Test cricket. Tests no longer produce dull, drab draws over five days. The high rate of scoring in ODIs and T20 Internationals has seeped into Test cricket along with risky strokes and athletic fielding. The revival of leg-spin owes a lot to one-day matches. All that means most Tests will have results, and more people will come to watch the five-day game. International cricket had restricted opportunities to players from the major cricket playing countries. T20 leagues of the world changed all that, and IPL has welcomed players from all around the world. K.M. Asif struck the big time with Chennai Super Kings Image Credit: Supplied SUCCESS STORIES There are some fairy tales too. For K.M. Asif, IPL is a lifesaver. After two failed attempts at making a living in Dubai, the Kerala speedster landed a contract with the Chennai Super Kings. His third trip to Dubai is in the form of a bona fide cricketer, and he has no worries about providing for his family. If it were not for IPL, the world wouldn’t have heard of a Nepali cricketer. Delhi Capitals’ Sandeep Lamichchane is a sought-after leg-spinner in the T20 leagues of the world. IPL boasts of an American cricketer too: Pakistan-born Ohio resident Ali Khan. Overseas cricketers too derived benefit from IPL. The exposure helped them turn into better limited-overs cricketers. England’s Jos Buttler and David Bairstow are good examples. IPL action enabled New Zealand captain Kane Williamson to step up the tempo of his innings. Without IPL, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan would never have been the force he is now. As a refugee in Peshawar, he learnt his cricket in Pakistan, and IPL provided him with the big stage to parade his precocious skills. Today, he’s arguably the best leg-spinner in the world. IPL in UAE: Cricketers have learnt to be happy in a bio bubble, says Virat Kohli IPL in UAE: Where and how to watch the cricketing action UAE scores high as successful host of IPL IPL in UAE: England, Australia players to have a 36-hour quarantine Shakib ul Hasan is one of the greatest cricketers from Bangladesh. His all-round skills bloomed in the cauldron on IPL. And he paid it back by helping Kolkata Knight Riders win the title in 2014. Sunil Narine of the West Indies transformed into a feared spin bowler. The riches of IPL gave rise to a new breed of cricketers. The so-called mercenaries. They don’t play for the country; they prefer the IPL. The big pay cheques are a bigger attraction than a place in the national team. Some even turn down central contracts to make themselves available for IPL. When cricketers reach the twilight of their careers, the focus turns to IPL. The shorter format is easy on their bodies. And it helps bolster their nest eggs. Adam Gilchrist did it. So did the Hussey brothers, Michael and David. Now Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga and several others use the same template. And they still play significant roles in the success of their franchises. Age doesn’t matter, performances do. That’s the IPL mantra. The COVID-19 may have forced IPL to leave the shores of India. But when the 13th season begins on Saturday, the eyes of Indians will be on the action in the UAE.

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ROG and ACRONYM announce partnership with new special edition Zephyrus G14

Technology|: Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a collaboration with ACRONYM, a leading technical apparel design agency, creating a special edition ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop with top-of-the-line hardware and a new vision for what technology can be. ROG x ACRONYM . Image Credit: Supplied ACRONYM co-founder Errolson Hugh and long-time collaborator, designer David Rudnick have designed and prototyped a new design language for the laptop. It features bespoke typefaces and material treatments, touching every aspect of the ROG Zephyrus G14. As always, ROG is committed to making premium gaming hardware for pro-level work and play, while also incorporating customization options for gamers to express themselves. ACRONYM designs consistently embody their belief that aesthetic expression is a form of freedom and through style, audiences can share their story. Pushing Engineering Limits The Zephyrus G14 converges style and technology, making the ultra slim gaming laptop the most powerful 14-inch offering on the market. It comes with hardware for both everyday multitasking and gaming, engineered with high-end materials that are lightweight and resilient enough during travel. . Image Credit: Supplied It boasts a punchy 8-core 16-thread AMD Ryzen 9 CPU alongside an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, giving it the power for content creation or streaming. You also find an IPS-level Pantone Validated display on it for color accuracy and ultra-smooth gaming performance. Taking premium to a new level, all of this comes housed in a compact 14-inch chassis at less than 20mm thin. From its magnesium alloy deck to its aluminium lid, the Zephyrus G14 is not only light but also strong. And visually, it sets itself apart via its one-of-a-kind AniMe Matrix LED display that offers gamers and creators a new platform to display custom animations, text effects and audio visualizers, with the ROG Zephyrus 14 ACRNM RMT01 exclusively equipped with eight ACRONYM designed animations. Expanding Premium Gaming . Image Credit: Supplied In the ROG Zephyrus G14 ACRNM RMT01, you get a design that pushes what is possible. It uses custom materials, etchings, specially developed paints and two original typefaces to bring ACRONYM’s vision to life. While its carbon black surfaces are sleek, a closer look reveals striking touches such as schematic markings and iconography that invite curiosity. ACRONYM even addresses the device’s packaging, building on its philosophy of sustainability and functionality. The ROG Zephyrus G14 ACRNM RMT01 comes with a unique ACRONYM Airpak laptop sleeve which is both reusable and recyclable. In combination, it represents a bold new perimeter in gaming technology, collating next-generation styling with next-generation hardware. . Image Credit: Supplied Availability and Pricing Reflecting the belief of Asus and ROG, customers will be able to take advantage of a free upgrade to a 2 Year Perfect Warranty that includes accidental damage protection from spills, drops and electrical surges. They will also benefit from a 1-month subscription to XBOX Game Pass, offering unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10. The ROG Zephyrus G14 ACRNM RMT01 is available now in the UAE, exclusively at Virgin Megastore Dubai Mall for Dh9,999.

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Young Emirati travels across US in a 4X4 with Abu Dhabi number plate

UAE|: Dubai: Behind the wheel of a 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser with an Abu Dhabi number plate and classic Emirati oud music strumming in the background, a young Emirati man has made his way through all the 50 states of the US. Ali AlGhfeli, a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in Computer Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, documented his road trip on social media. A viral video, showcasing a compilation of Americans from every state saying an Emirati phrase and sticking their state flag on AlGhfeli’s truck, has caught the attention of thousands of people, including Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the US. See more IPL in UAE: Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and David Warner arrive in UAE Dubai Metro turns 11 years old today UAE-Israel peace deal signing ceremony in pictures COVID-19: Beards and masks, do they really go together? UAE Expats speak AlGhfeli shares a video alongside Al Otaiba, where the ambassador expresses his support of the young man’s unique travels. In the video, the envoy says, “It was so amazing to hear all the stories and all the trips and everything you’ve done. This is the best way you could possibly represent our country. Meeting average Americans, telling them who we are and what we believe in. You’ve managed to get to all 50 states and telling everybody what our country means to us.” Beginning of the journey AlGhfeli was working in New York City in September of 2019 when he decided he wanted to take a road trip that surpassed his previous travel experiences. “I had a holiday and I never like to waste my holidays. I love travelling or learning something new. I wanted to really explore North America but I wanted it to be a unique road trip. I didn’t want to just cross distances in my road trip, I didn’t care how many kilometres I drove, I wanted to make sure I learn about the history of an area, meet their people and share my culture,” AlGhfeli says. AlGhfeli reached many remote parts of the US where visitors seldom venture. Image Credit: Supplied “I was in New York and I called a friend in Seattle telling him that I’m coming to visit, but I’ll be travelling with my own Land Cruiser from home. He didn’t take me seriously. When people saw my car in Times Square, they thought it was Photoshopped. But I did indeed get my car shipped and that’s when my trip began.” The route From New York to Maine to Miami, AlGhfeli began driving along the East coast first. He then crossed through the southern states and made his way up north to Seattle in Washington state, just in time to proceed with his final semester at university. In December last year, AlGhfeli completed his graduation, got behind the wheel of his beloved Land Cruiser, and resumed his journey, driving along the West Coast. “Early 2020, I left my car in the West Coast and came back to the UAE for what I hoped would be a short visit. The pandemic happened and I had to put my trip on hold. When flights reopened, I came back around August and continued to visit the few states remaining,” he says. He concluded his journey with a drive to Washington DC where the memorable visit with the ambassador occurred. “It was my dream to meet [the Ambassador]. He’s such a powerful personality and he’s so humble. We spent a good hour discussing my travels,” AlGhfeli said. Unique adventures on the road Travelling alone across thousands of kilometres comes with some interesting experiences. AlGhfeli said his travels included a chance to closely experience different groups of people, integrating within communities and sharing cultures. The young man from Al Ain found himself living in the Amish communities of Pennsylvania. He also stayed at Native American reservations in Arizona. In the South, where AlGhfeli believes the most generous people reside, he spent numerous nights in farms with strangers who opened their home to him. In Kentucky, an invitation from a local country singer led to a night of learning about country music and its culture. On the porch of an elderly couple’s home, AlGhfeli reminisces of staying up late nights learning and sharing with people who have never heard about the UAE. AlGhfeli said his travels included a chance to closely experience different groups of people, integrating within communities and sharing cultures. Image Credit: Supplied “I’ve gone to places that no one ever goes, I’ve met unforgettable people. Sometimes I tell people I’m in this state, they tell me ‘What are you even doing there?’. I like to explore and really meet people and experience things,” he says. “What struck many of our conversations was my car. They see the Abu Dhabi numbers and they’re fascinated. They take pictures as I’m driving, they wave me down on the road to chat with me. The car was a great icebreaker for me,” he shares, explaining that many Americans were not familiar with the car brand at all. “This leads me to sharing my stories and culture. They’re very curious about us. They often tell me that I’ve changed their views on the entire region.” The viral video The video that spread AlGhfeli’s story was a compilation of clips where people would place a sticker of different states onto the iconic Land Cruiser and say the phrase, ‘Marhaba Al Saa’. The phase, which translates to ‘Greetings on this blessed hour’, is an exclusively Emirati traditional phrase that made the video gain a lot of popularity on social media. Behind the wholesome video, AlGhfeli explains, “I knew that I was travelling 50 states, and I wanted to make one simple video that encompasses that entire journey. Every person places a flag sticker and says that phrase. What people didn’t see was that behind every person in that video was an interesting story. I would only ask someone to put that sticker after I’ve had an experience with them.” In the USA, however, AlGhfeli’s Land Cruiser gained popularity before the viral video. The young man shares numerous occasions where people would recognise his vehicle in the most remote locations. “I met a man in Washington who told me that he is a friend of a man I spent a day with in the mountains of Colorado months earlier! A few days ago, my university adviser told me that she shared my posts with her friends in Arizona, who surprisingly said that they had in fact met me when I was there in 2019. When I drive, random people in caravans would stop me saying they’ve seen my car on social media. It was surprising how they all remembered me,” AlGhfeli says. With hundreds of new friends scattered across the United States and iconic photographs of an old Abu Dhabi-registered car parked before renowned American landmarks, AlGhfeli prepares to return to the UAE as his unforgettable trip comes to a close. Image Credit: Supplied With hundreds of new friends scattered across the United States and iconic photographs of an old Abu Dhabi-registered car parked before renowned American landmarks, AlGhfeli prepares to return to the UAE as his unforgettable trip comes to a close. He wants his viewers to learn from his long year on the road. “People often travel to take photographs and post scenic moments. You should travel to learn and experience new things. Every person you meet can open a whole door of knowledge and perspective. Throughout this trip, I strived to make an impact wherever I went hoping to represent my country in the best possible light.”

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COVID-19: Abu Dhabi issues camping, desert safari guidelines

UAE|: Abu Dhabi: Ahead of the UAE winter, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) has announced the precautionary guidelines for camps and desert safaris. These outdoor activities are a much* loved way to enjoy the pleasant weather in the latter part of the year. The guidelines aim to allow residents to enjoy the activities while also enabling them to protect themselves from COVID-19. See more Shelby GT 500: The most powerful Ford Mustang reaches the UAE More COVID-19 rapid screening centres opened with Dhs50 per test UAE-Israel peace deal signing ceremony in pictures COVID-19: Beards and masks, do they really go together? UAE Expats speak The new regulations, which were announced by the Abu Dhabi Media Office, stipulate that: * Thermal cameras must be installed, or hand-held infrared thermometer must be provided. * Guests showing temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius or higher must be escorted to isolation rooms for further medical checks. * Guests, staff, or contractor showing flu-like symptoms must be reported to the Department of Health (DoH) through the Estijaba service. * Guests, staff, or contractors showing flu-like symptoms must be denied access. * All staff must undergo COVID-19 testing before opening, and on a bi-weekly basis afterwards. * All staff and contractors must undergo temperature checks at the start of their shift, and periodically throughout operating hours. * Thorough cleaning and disinfection must be performed of all areas of the campsite, equipment, assets, vehicles, bikes, buggies and public areas. * All common surfaces and areas with high-frequency touchpoints must be properly cleaned and disinfected frequently using products and methods recommended by the DoH * Sand skiing and sandboarding equipment, horse and camel saddles, horseriding reins and falcon holders, must be cleaned and disinfected after every use. * Handwashing facilities must be ensured for all staff members, contractors and visitors. * The availability of hand sanitisers at different locations of the campsite, public areas, buffet counters, vehicles and entry and exit points, must be ensured. Tourists enjoy a camel ride at a desert safari camp. The availability of hand sanitisers at different locations of the campsite must be ensured, the new guidelines stipulate. Image Credit: Supplied * Smart payment machines must be sanitised before and after use. * Signs reminding and urging visitors to maintain physical distancing must be put up in a variety of languages.

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Watch: Notices being put up at entrances of Abu Dhabi homes having people in self-quarantine

UAE|: Abu Dhabi: Awareness notices will be placed by Abu Dhabi health authorities at the entrances to residential units where people are in self-quarantine, the Abu Dhabi Media Office has announced. The notices will be provided by the Department of Health’s Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, as part of efforts to limit the COVID-19 outbreak and increase community awareness about physical distancing. See more Shelby GT 500: The most powerful Ford Mustang reaches the UAE IPL in UAE: CPL stars land in Dubai in time for IPL challenge IPL in UAE: Kane Williamson rises to challenge for Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL in UAE: Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings in the field and on film 'You are responsible' On its social media channels, the Abu Dhabi Media Office displayed an example of the notice, which reads, “Your health and safety are in your hands. We are committed to adhering to all self-quarantine measures to defeat COVID-19.” The accompanying video adds, “You are responsible and must play your part in protecting yourself and the community.” Quarantine location The location for self-quarantine in Abu Dhabi –whether at home, in a hotel or at an institutional facility – is determined by health authorities on a case by case basis. Self-quarantine is prescribed for people suspected to have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, and residents and visitors returning from international travel. These guidelines for returning travellers were clarified by authorities on Thursday.