COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates
|COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates|
|Location||United Arab Emirates|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Arrival date||29 January 2020|
(1 year, 11 months and 3 weeks)
The COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first confirmed case in the United Arab Emirates was announced on 29 January 2020. It was the first country in the Middle East to report a confirmed case.
The first patient, a 73-year-old Chinese woman, was released on 9 February after recovering. The first two deaths were confirmed on March 20. On 22 March, Dubai started an 11-day sterilisation campaign as an effort to contain COVID-19. Night curfew was imposed four days later while the country began disinfection. School closure was first announced on March 8 for four weeks. Three weeks later, it was announced that schools will be closed until the end of the academic year.
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.
On 29 January, the first case in UAE was confirmed to be a 73-year-old Chinese woman who came to the country on holiday with her family from Wuhan. The family of four, 36-year-old mother, 38-year-old father, 10-year-old child, and the 73-year-old grandmother arrived in the Emirates on 16 January and took the grandmother to a doctor with flu-like symptoms on 23 January, where it was discovered that the family was infected. The announcement led to a sell out of face masks across the UAE.
On 31 January, the fifth case of coronavirus in the UAE was confirmed, in someone who had travelled from Wuhan to Dubai.
On 9 February, the first patient, a 73-year-old Chinese woman, was released after recovering.
On 10 February, the eighth case was confirmed to be an Indian expatriate who had interacted with a recently diagnosed person.
On 14 February, two more patients recovered and were discharged from the hospital. The two patients were a 41-year-old Chinese father and his eight-year-old boy.
On 16 February, the ninth case was confirmed to be a 37-year old Chinese man.
On 21 February, the tenth and eleventh case was confirmed to be a 34-year-old Filipino national and a 39-year-old Bangladeshi national who had contact with a Chinese national who had been diagnosed with the virus.
On 22 February, the government announced that two more people, a 70-year old Iranian visitor, and his 64-year-old wife, have been diagnosed, taking the total to thirteen.
On 27 February, six more new cases were announced, including four Iranians, one Bahraini, and one Chinese national. On the same day, it was announced that case 2, of the 36-year-old Chinese woman, and another 37-year-old Chinese person were discharged after recovering.
On 28 February, two Italian technicians visiting the country to participate in the UAE Tour, a top level cycling race, were tested positive. 612 people involved in the UAE Tour were quarantined in the homes and the W Abu Dhabi hotel and the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi hotel, both in Yas Island, and the two hotels were put on lockdown. The 612 people were all screened and the results were negative.
On 1 March, six more people tested positive for the coronavirus in the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said, bringing the total number of infected persons to 27. The patients include two Russians, two Italians, a German and a Colombian citizen, who had been in contact with two Italian participants of the UAE Tour who tested positive for coronavirus at the weekend.
On 3 March, a 16-year-old female Indian student in Dubai tested positive for the coronavirus after contracting it from her parent who came back after traveling abroad. The parent developed symptoms five days after returning to Dubai. Both the student and her family were quarantined.
On 5 March, the Ministry of Health and Prevention confirmed that a 17-year-old male Emirati student has tested positive for coronavirus and showed no symptoms of it. The student is now stable and is receiving necessary healthcare.
On 6 March, two Chinese patients recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the UAE to seven. The two recoveries, a 38-year-old father and his 10-year-old child, were from the first family to contract the virus, and all members of the Chinese family are now virus-free. On the same day, it was announced that 15 cases of different nationalities have tested positive for the virus, taking to 45 the total infections in the country. 13 cases consisted of one individual each from Thailand, China, Morocco and India, two individuals each from Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Iran and three individuals from the UAE were detected through early reporting by individuals. All these cases arrived from abroad. Two cases, each from the UAE and Egypt, have been diagnosed with the virus by an active surveillance system for being in close contact with confirmed cases announced previously in connection with the UAE Tour.
On 9 March, the UAE recorded 14 new cases, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said, bringing the total number of reported cases to 59. In a statement, the health ministry said the cases involve four Emiratis, three Italians, two Bangladeshis, two Nepalese, a Russian, an Indian and a Syrian national. On the same day, it was announced that two Emiratis, two Ethiopians and a Thai national recovered from the virus, bringing to 12 the total recovered cases in the country.
On 10 March, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed 15 new cases, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 74. The 15 cases involve three Italians, two Emiratis, two from the UK, two from Sri Lanka, two Indians, a German, a South African, a Tanzanian, and an Iranian. On the same day, it was announced that five cases recovered, consisting for three Emiratis, one Egyptian and one Moroccan.
On 11 March, 11 new cases were announced, bring the total number of cases in the UAE to 85. The individuals were placed under quarantine as suspected cases subsequent to their entry into the UAE and following required testing and monitoring, the individuals were confirmed to be positive. The 11 individuals diagnosed include two Italians, two Filipinos, one Montenegrin, one Canadian, one German, one Pakistani, one Emirati, one Russian, and one British citizen. On the same day, it was announced that a Bangladeshi, a Chinese, and an Italian person recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the country to 20.
On 15 March, 12 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 98. The patients are three Indians, and one each from the UAE, the Philippines, South Africa, Australia, China, Lebanon, the UK, Italy, and Iran. On the same day, 3 people have recovered from the virus bringing the total number to 26, the people are two Emiratis and an Indian.
On 18 March, 15 new cases were announced, with the total number of infected people to 113. Patients are from Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, USA, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Britain, and Spain.
On 19 March, UAE confirmed 27 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday along with 30 recoveries in total. The total number of COVID-19 cases in UAE stands at 140, with five new cases including three Emiratis, one Syrian and one Sri Lankan.
On 20 March, the first two deaths were confirmed.
On 21 March, there were deaths of two patients with underlying health conditions.
On 22 March, there were seven recoveries, and 13 new cases.
On 23 March, UAE announces 45 new coronavirus cases. Total cases reported in the country are now 198. The government urged people to stay in their homes and only leave home for an emergency or for work, said Ministry of Interior.
On 24 March, four new recovery cases and 50 new cases were confirmed. These new cases were among individuals who had close contact with cases announced previously, as well as people who returned from abroad.
On 25 March, UAE announced 85 new cases, for a total of 333 infections in the country, with seven recoveries reported by the official spokesperson of the UAE health service. Seven people recovered, for a total of 52 recoveries. On the same day, 64 people were arrested for breaking home quarantine after they came in direct contact with people infected with the virus.
On 27 March, 72 new cases and three recoveries were confirmed.
On 28 March, the government announced 63 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total of confirmed cases to 468.
On 29 March, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced 102 new cases, taking the total cases in the country to 570. The 102 new cases patients consisted of one person from New Zealand, Slovakia, Morocco, Greece, China, France, Germany, Algeria, Iraq, Colombia, Venezuela, and Poland. Two people from Brazil, Sweden, Australia, Ethiopia, Canada, Lebanon, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and Portugal. Three people from Italy and Ireland. Six people from Egypt. Seven people from the UAE and the Philippines. 16 people from Britain. 30 people from India. On the same day, the three new recoveries were announced takes the total tally of recoveries to 58, and another person died from the virus, taking the toll to three in UAE, until March 29.
On 30 March, there were 41 new cases, for a total of 611. Two more deaths were announced, for a total of five, and there were three recoveries.
On 31 March, 53 new confirmed cases were announced, for a total of 664, and one death for a total of six.
On 1 April, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced 150 new coronavirus cases for a total of 814, with a total number of eight deaths from the virus.
On 2 April, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced 210 new cases for a total number of cases to 1,024, with 96 recoveries.
On 3 April, 240 new cases were announced for a total of 1,264, with 108 having fully recovered, and one patient having died.
On 4 April, the Ministry of Health and Prevention reported another 241 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients to 1,505.
On 5 April, the Ministry of Health and Prevention reported 294 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the country to 1,799. MoHAP also announced 19 new recoveries, taking the total number of recoveries to 144.
On 6 April, the Ministry of Health and Prevention reported another 277 new coronavirus cases of different nationalities, bringing the total number of cases of infection to 2076, with 11 deaths from the virus, and a total of 167 recovered patients.
On 7 April there were 283 new cases, for a total of 2,359. There were 186 recoveries and 12 deaths due to coronavirus.
On 8 April, 300 new cases and 53 new recoveries were announced, with the total number of cases standing at 2,659, with 239 recoveries.
On 9 April, there were 331 new coronavirus cases and two deaths, with a total of 14 deaths.
On 10 April, there were 370 new confirmed cases, for a total of 3,360. 150 patients recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 418. There were two deaths from the virus, for a total of 16.
On 11 April, there were 376 new cases of coronavirus, for a total of 3,736. The total number of recoveries rose to 588. Four patients died of the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 20.
On 13 April there were 398 new cases, and 172 new recoveries, for a total of 852.
On 14 April there were 412 new cases, for a total of 4,933. There were 81 new recoveries, for a total of 933.
On 15 April there were five deaths, and 432 new cases for a total of 5,365.
On 16 April there were two deaths, and 460 new cases for a total of 5,825. There were 61 new recoveries, for a total of 1,095.
On 17 April there were 477 new cases, for a total of 6,302. Two Emiratis died, and 93 patients recovered, for a total of 1,188 recoveries and 37 deaths.
On 19 April there were 479 new cases, for a total of 6,781. There were 98 new recoveries, for a total of 1,286, and 41 deaths.
On 20 April there were 484 new cases, for a total of 7,265. There were two deaths, taking the total to 43, and 74 recoveries, for a total of 1,360.
On 21 April there were 490 new cases, for a total of 7,755. There were three deaths, taking the total to 46, and 83 recoveries, for a total of 1,443.
On 22 April there were 483 new cases for a total of 8,238. 103 patients had recovered, for a total of 1,546. Six people died, bringing the number of deaths to 52.
On 23 April there were 525 new cases for a total of 9,281, 123 new recoveries for a total of 1,760, and eight deaths for a total of 64.
On 24 April there were 518 new cases among various nationalities. The total number of cases in the UAE reached 9,281.
On 25 April there were 532 new cases among various nationalities. The total number of cases in the UAE reached 9,813. Additionally, the total number of people recovered reached 1,887.
On 26 April there were 536 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 10,349. The government also announced the recovery of 91 additional cases.
On 27 April there were 490 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 10,839. The government also announced the recovery of 112 cases.
On 28 April there were 541 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 11,380. The government also announced the recovery of 91 cases.
On 29 April there were 549 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 11,929. The government also announced the recovery of 148 cases.
On 30 April there were 552 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 12,481. The government also announced the recovery of 100 cases.
On 1 May there were 557 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 13,038. The government also announced the recovery of 114 cases.
On 2 May there were 561 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 13,599. The government also announced the recovery of 121 cases.
On 3 May there were 564 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 14,163. The government also announced the recovery of 99 cases.
On 4 May there were 567 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 14,730. The government also announced the recovery of 203 cases.
On 5 May there were 462 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 15,192. The government also announced the recovery of 187 cases.
On 6 May there were 546 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 15,738. The government also announced the recovery of 206 cases.
On 7 May there were 502 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 16,240. The government also announced the recovery of 213 cases.
On 8 May there were 553 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 16,793. The government also announced the recovery of 265 cases.
On 9 May there were 624 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 17,417. The government also announced the recovery of 458 cases.
On 10 May there were 781 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 18,198. The government also announced the recovery of 509 cases.
On 11 May there were 680 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 18,878. The government also announced the recovery of 577 cases.
On 12 May there were 783 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 19,661. The government also announced the recovery of 631 cases.
On 13 May there were 725 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 20,384. The government also announced the recovery of 511 cases.
On 14 May there were 698 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 21,084. The government also announced the recovery of 407 cases.
On 15 May there were 747 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 21,831. The government also announced the recovery of 398 cases.
On 16 May there were 796 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 22,627. The government also announced the recovery of 603 cases.
On 17 May there were 796 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 23,358. The government also announced the recovery of 581 cases.
On 18 May there were 832 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 24,190. The government also announced the recovery of 1,065 cases. This marks the first day where the number of recoveries surpasses the number of new cases found.
On 19 May there were 873 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 25,063. The government also announced the recovery of 1,214 cases.
On 20 May there were 941 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 26,004. The government also announced the recovery of 1,018 cases.
On 21 May, There were 894 new cases bringing the total number of cases in UAE to 26,898. The government also announced the recovery of 946. The 4 new Deaths due to COVID-19 Were reported within UAE bringing the total number of deaths in UAE To 237.
On 22 May there were 994 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 27,892. The government also announced the recovery of 1,043 cases.
On 23 May there were 812 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 28,704. The government also announced the recovery of 697 cases.
On 24 May there were 781 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 29,485. The government also announced the recovery of 561 cases.
On 25 May there were 822 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 30,307. The government also announced the recovery of 601 cases.
On 26 May there were 779 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 31,086. The government also announced the recovery of 325 cases.
On 27 May there were 883 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 31,969. The government also announced the recovery of 389 cases.
On 28 May there were 563 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 32,532. The government also announced the recovery of 314 cases.
On 29 May there were 638 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 33,170. The government also announced the recovery of 412 cases.
On 30 May there were 726 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 33,896. The government also announced the recovery of 449 cases.
On 31 May there were 661 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 34,557. The government also announced the recovery of 386 cases.
On 1 June there were 635 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 35,192. The government also announced the recovery of 406 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 18,339
On 2 June there were 596 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 35,788. The government also announced the recovery of 388 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 18,726.
On 3 June there were 571 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 36,359. The government also announced the recovery of 427 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 19,153.
On 4 June there were 659 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 37,018. The government also announced the recovery of 419 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 19,572.
On 5 June there were 624 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 37,642. The government also announced the recovery of 765 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 20,337.
On 6 June there were 626 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 38,268. The government also announced the recovery of 724 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 21,061.
On 7 June there were 540 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 38,808. The government also announced the recovery of 745 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 21,806.
On 8 June there were 568 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 39,376. The government also announced the recovery of 469 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 22,275.
On 9 June there were 528 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 39,904. The government also announced the recovery of 465 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 22,740. There were two deaths bringing the total to 283.
On 10 June there were 603 new cases bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 40,507. The government also announced the recovery of 1,277 cases.
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Aid and repatriation
On 4 March, by the request of their countries' respective governments, 215 people stranded in Wuhan – from countries that include Syria, Iraq, Mauritania, Sudan, Brazil, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan – were flown to Abu Dhabi in a plane equipped with medical facilities.
On 6 April, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, owner of the ExCeL London conference centre, turned the conference centre into a coronavirus hospital for up to 4,000 patients in the UK. Two planes were chartered by Emirati government authorities to bring 80 Emirati nationals home from the UK.
On 12 April, the UAE announced its intent to arrange repatriation flights for Indians and other citizens stranded in the Emirates and wishing to go back to their countries.
On 31 March, Al Ras area, one of Dubai's densely populated areas that's home to the gold souk and museums, was placed under lock down for two weeks preventing all residents from leaving or entering the area.
On 17 May 2021, Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management changed has increased the capacity of entertainment facilities and venues to 70% and the hotels capacity to 100%.
On 23 March, the government shut malls for two weeks. Fish, meat and vegetable markets also closed for a renewable period of two weeks.
On 23 April, both Abu Dhabi and Dubai governments announced that some restrictions were being reduced in respect to mall closures with their respective economic departments stating that they were consulting with stakeholders in opening malls in line with government plans for a gradual increase in economic activity in the country. The types of shops allowed to reopen were very limited with regulations to not exceed 30% capacity at any time.
Following the economic downfall of the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE government in July 2020 announced a broad restructuring and merger of more than 50% of its federal agencies, including ministries and departments.
On 4 September 2020, the government announced the sale of $2 billion worth of Islamic and conventional bonds as its first international debt markets sale in the past six years. The government entered the public debt market in order to bolster the emirate's financial market impacted the economic crisis led by the COVID-19 pandemic. The debt sale included a $1 billion tranche for 10-year Sukuk, or 2.763% of Islamic bonds and a $1 billion tranche from a 30-year conventional bond at 4%.
Many blue-collar, migrant workers from Asia and Africa lost their job in UAE due to the economic crisis led by COVID-19. As of October 9, 2020, a release in The Telegraph cited that many migrant workers in the UAE were abandoned without money and food, which led them to spending nights in public parks. White-collar jobs were also impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in UAE, leading many British expats to return home.
A financial survival survey was conducted by the Friends Provident International (FPIL), which concluded that 57% of the workforce in the UAE is financially unprepared to survive 3 months in the unfortunate event of contracting an illness. The conclusion of the survey was drawn based on the responses provided by more than 1,000 UAE employees from across age, gender, nationality, income group, relationship status, and Emirate. It claims that more than two-thirds of Emirati, Arab Expat and Asian-origin workers feared losing their jobs in case of contracting a serious illness as the expats in the UAE are not provided with the same statutory benefits as compared to the Emirati citizens and those provided in their home countries.
Flight suspensions between the UAE and Nigeria from June 21, 2021, due to COVID-19 increased problems for Nigerians working in the UAE. Many complained of visas getting expired and urged the UAE government to offer an early resolution to their problems. Yet, many continue to suffer without any aid from government sources.
On 3 March, UAE's Ministry of Education announced that schools and universities across the country will close for a month starting 8 March. Spring break, which originally would begin on March 29, instead began on March 8 and lasted for two weeks. Distance learning was introduced during the remaining two weeks, with pupils learning from home. On 30 March, UAE announced that the 2-week online "distance learning" for schools and universities would continue until the end of the academic year in June.
On 18 March, UAE advisory asking Emirati students abroad to immediately return if their university closes. On 24 March, UAE called for all Emirati students studying abroad to return within 48 hours.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) directed all DHA-licensed hospitals to consider all suspected and confirmed cases as emergencies and patients are to be treated free of charge, including those without insurance. On 22 March, Dubai started a 11-day sterilisation campaign. On 28 March, Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed announced that a new testing site had opened.
On 16 March, prayers at mosques and all other places of worship in the UAE were suspended. Tarawih prayers were not allowed during Ramadan, and the only prayer held in grand Mosques with an Imam and two people was broadcast daily for Muslims to watch at home. Also, several churches in the UAE had announced temporary closures and the suspension of Mass starting 12 March.
On 24 March, TRA unblocked Skype for Business, Google Hangouts. TRA explained that residents will now be able to use Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Blackboard, which are available on all networks in the country. Microsoft Skype for Business and Google Hangouts are compatible with fixed Internet networks.
Before January 2021, Dubai promoted itself as an ideal destination for pandemic vacation, as it became the world's first destination to open up for tourism. However, within few weeks, the situation changed, where the tourism department of Dubai put a complete halt on all public places like hotels and restaurants that offered live entertainment. There was a rise in COVID-19 patients, and to accommodate them at hospitals, the authorities suspended all the non-urgent surgeries. Dubai's decision to open tourism for travelers was criticized by a number of countries that blamed the Emirate for spreading the virus abroad.
On 22 March, Emirates announced that it will be suspending all passenger flights effective 25 March, but will continue to operate cargo flights for essential goods. All passenger and transit flights were suspended. The suspension of flights from 25 March for an initial 14 days, subject to further directives by the relevant authorities.
Requirements upon arrival
All passengers travelling to Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, except for travel from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (for which specific requirements are stated below).
The certificate must be a Reverse Transcription‑Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests, NHS COVID Test certificates, Rapid PCR tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Travellers must bring an official, digital or printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS certificates are not accepted. PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station. Digital COVID‑19 certificates are accepted upon arrival at Dubai International airport verification points.
COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificates must be issued by an authorised facility in the passenger's departure country. Certificates that have already been presented for travel to another destination can't be used for re‑entry even if they are still within the validity period.
For passengers arriving from the following countries, it is mandatory that the COVID‑19 PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes. The QR code must be presented at check‑in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival in Dubai airports: Sudan, Lebanon, Egypt and Ethiopia.
Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.
Trams and metro
On 27 March, Dubai lifted their ban on trucks weighting 2.5 tonnes. On 31 March, Abu Dhabi installed a disinfection gate at one of its bus stations. On 14 April, Inter-city bus services was suspended in Sharjah until further notice, and Dubai Municipality issued a circular restricting the movement of workers to other emirates; where the transport of labor workers to areas outside of Dubai will be prohibited, as movement will be restricted to the boundaries of the emirate, the purpose of which is to restrict the outside entry of workers not residing in Dubai, and to be implemented to date
On 22 April, Reuters reported that about hundreds of low-income migrant workers were seen queuing up across the road outside an Abu Dhabi hospital with the temperature outdoors exceeding 35 degrees Celsius, to get tested for Coronavirus. The tests were free of charge only if the person shows symptoms, has travel history, or has come in contact with a positive case. However, if not, the test costs around 370 dirham ($100). The doctors confirmed a sharp daily increase in the number of positive cases specifically in the densely populated communities that house low-income group workers.
Abu Dhabi exhibitions now accept results from 96-hour COVID-19 PCR tests.
In December 2020, the UAE started its Emirates-wide vaccination campaigns. On December 9 of 2020, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced that it will be offering the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine, and on December 22 of 2020, it announced the emergency registration of the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine.
For six months, the UAE launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, initially with the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine vaccine, then adding the Pfizer–BioNTech, Oxford–AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines. The vaccines are offered at a wide range of health centres and hospitals in all of the Emirates, and are given free of charge. The UAE currently offers four vaccines for eligible residents and citizens, one by Sinopharm, the other by Pfizer-BioNTech, the third Sputnik V and the latest by Oxford-AstraZeneca.
In an effort to return to complete normalcy, UAE officials announced that starting June 6, 2021, those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and have with them a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours will be allowed to attend events and activities in the country. In Abu Dhabi, the Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee increased workplace attendance up to 60 percent in government entities and companies starting from May 30, 2021.
By March 17, 2021, more than half of the population of the United Arab Emirates received the Pfizer–BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines. Around seven million doses were distributed to more than 205 medical centers around the country.
In March 2021, the UAE announced it intends on reaching herd immunity. In April 2021, the UAE recorded a vaccination rate of 100.10 doses per 100 people.  The UAE's National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) said that the UAE is at the top of the worldwide vaccine distribution rate, becoming the first country in vaccine distribution per 100 people worldwide. A month later, NCEMA reported that as of June 16, 2021, over 13,964,439 million vaccine doses had been administered since the beginning of the vaccination campaign.
According to figures by NCEMA provided at the end of May 2021, more than 78.11 per cent of residents and citizens in the UAE have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Furthermore, 84.59 percent of those aged 60 and above have been vaccinated. Covering that percentage prompted NCEMA in June 2021 to announce that it will be prioritizing booster shots for the elderly and those with chronic diseases as an additional part of its vaccination efforts. In Dubai, vaccination was also extended to 12 to 15-year-olds for the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, according to Dubai's Media Office.
Up to June 2021, the Reuters Covid Tracker reported that nearly 85 percent of the UAE's total eligible population had received at least one dose of a vaccine. The agency calculated that assuming every person needs 2 doses, that is enough to have vaccinated about 70.9% of the country's population.
In Dubai in particular, by the middle of June 2021, about two-thirds of people eligible for vaccination against the virus had received two doses of the vaccine, stated the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Out of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai is the most populated, and it has one of the world's busiest airports. DHA deputy director general Alawi Alsheikh Ali has thus said that 83 percent of people aged over 16 - or about 2.3 million people - had now received at least one dose of a vaccine, and that 64 percent had received two doses in the emirate. However, the DHA also reported that nearly 20 percent of those most vulnerable to serious illness have not yet been vaccinated.
China-UAE Vaccination Centre
In March 2021, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Wang Yi, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, met in the UAE to set up a regional vaccination for Chinese nationals.
In May 2021, the centre was launched and a programme dubbed ‘Spring Sprout Action’ administered by the Dubai Health Authority allowed Chinese nationals over the age of 16 who hold a short-term visa without UAE residency to receive two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.
Hundreds of Chinese citizens on visit visas to the UAE took advantage of the programme. The Chinese visitors were the first non-residents to be offered COVID-19 vaccines in the UAE. About 200 registered and received the vaccine at the Safa healthcare centre in Dubai.
To facilitate the vaccination process, the DHA launched a booking facility via its official WhatsApp line. They stated that this was in an effort to facilitate the booking of appointments by using artificial intelligence. Before launching the WhatsApp booking option at the beginning of June 2021, residents booked their vaccine appointment either by telephone or via the official DHA smartphone app.
Expired Visa Vaccinations in Abu Dhabi
In late June 2021, Abu Dhabi announced that it will be offering free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone with an expired residency visa or expired entry visa. The move was done to help those who were affected by job losses or travel restrictions during the pandemic and so their visas have expired or have been cancelled when they were made redundant.
Those looking to get the vaccine through this decision can book the Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines via the Seha app.
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Confirmed deaths per day
UAE COVID-19 Data
|Date||Confirmed Cases||Confirmed Deaths||Recoveries||Tests||Vaccinations|
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- "Six new cases of coronavirus reported in UAE". Gulf News.
- "15 new cases of coronavirus in the UAE, 2 Chinese patients recover". Gulf News. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
- Duncan, Gillian; Gautam, Shuchita (29 January 2020). "Coronavirus: UAE records first case". The National. Archived from the original on 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- Gautam, Shuchita (29 January 2020). "Coronavirus: face masks sell out across the UAE". The National. Archived from the original on 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- Ahmed, Ashfaq (29 January 2020). "Coronavirus: Most pharmacies in the UAE run out of face mask as residents rush to take protective measures". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- "UAE announces new coronavirus case". The National. Archived from the original on 1 February 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- "2 new cases of coronavirus in UAE". Gulf News. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
- Hilotin, Jay (8 February 2020). "Chinese, Filipino diagnosed with coronavirus in UAE, bringing total cases to 7". Gulf News. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
- Tesorero, Angel (20 February 2020). "Condition of Filipino coronavirus patient in UAE 'not improving', says diplomat". Gulf News. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
- Abueish, Tamara (9 February 2020). "Woman infected with coronavirus cured: UAE". Al Arabiya English. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
- Hilotin, Jay (11 February 2020). "Indian expat in UAE found infected by coronavirus". Gulf News. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
- "UAE announces recovery of two new coronavirus patients". Gulf News. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
- "UAE announces ninth case of coronavirus". Gulf News. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
- "UAE records two new coronavirus cases, total number reaches 11". Reuters. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
- "Iranian couple diagnosed with COVID-19 in UAE, taking number of cases to 13". Gulf News.
- "Coronavirus: UAE Tour cancelled and dozens quarantined as two participants test positive". The National. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- Aarons, Ed (27 February 2020). "Chris Froome facing coronavirus test after UAE Tour is cancelled". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- "Cycle stars in lockdown as two Gulf hotels isolated over coronavirus scare". Reuters. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- Sebugwawo, Ismail. "21 confirmed cases of coronavirus in UAE: Ministry". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- "Cycle stars in lockdown as two UAE hotels isolated over coronavirus scare". Gulf Today. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE announces six more cases of Covid-19". The National. 4 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus: Dubai school pupil tests positive for Covid-19". The National. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
- "New 30th coronavirus case confirmed on student". Gulf News.
- "UAE announces recovery of two cases of COVID-19". Emirates News Agency. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
- Khalid, Tuqa (7 March 2020). "UAE confirms 15 new coronavirus cases bringing total up to 45". Al Arabiya English. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
- "Health ministry reports 14 new coronavirus cases". Emirates News Agency. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- "14 new cases of COVID-19 in the UAE". Gulf News. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- "Five more coronavirus patients recover in UAE: Health Ministry". Emirates News Agency. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus in UAE: 15 new cases announced". Khaleej Times. Emirates News Agency. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- 5 حالات شفاء إضافية لمصابين بفيروس كورونا المستجد في الدولة [Five additional recovery cases from the Coronavirus in the country] (in Arabic). Emirates News Agency. 10 March 2020.
- Salman, Nour (12 March 2020). "11 new COVID-19 cases in UAE: MoHAP". Emirates News Agency. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE confirms 11 new cases of Covid-19". Khaleej Times.
- Alfaham, Tariq (12 March 2020). "Three more people recover from coronavirus in UAE". Emirates News Agency. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
- "12 new cases of COVID-19 in the UAE". The National. 17 March 2020.
- "3 new COVID-19 recoveries in the UAE". The National. 14 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE announces 15 new cases of Covid-19". The National. 18 March 2020.
- Sebugwawo, Ismail. "Coronavirus in UAE: 27 new cases confirmed". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
- "UAE Announces First Two Deaths From Coronavirus: WAM". Reuters. 20 March 2020.
- "UAE announces 2 coronavirus deaths". Gulf News. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
- "Covid-19 in UAE: 13 new cases, seven recoveries confirmed". Khaleej Times.
- "COVID-19: UAE announces 45 new coronavirus cases". Gulf News.
- "Coronavirus: UAE urges people to stay in their homes". Gulf News.
- "Coronavirus in UAE: 50 new cases confirmed". Khaleej Times.
- "Coronavirus: UAE announces 85 new COVID-19 cases". Gulf News.
- "Coronavirus: UAE arrests 64 for breaking home quarantine law". Gulf News. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
- "COVID-19: UAE announces 72 new corona virus cases". Retrieved 27 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE: 63 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday".
- "COVID-19: UAE announces 102 new corona virus cases". Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- "COVID-19: UAE announces 41 new corona virus cases". Retrieved 30 March 2020.
- "COVID-19: UAE announces 53 new corona virus cases". Retrieved 31 March 2020.
- "COVID-19: UAE confirms 150 new cases, two deaths". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
- "COVID-19: Ministry of Health announces 210 new cases of COVID-19, 35 recoveries among various nationalities". Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: One expat dead, 240 new cases in UAE". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "COVID-19: 1 death, 241 new coronavirus cases reported in UAE on Saturday". Gulf News. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE confirms 294 new cases, 19 recoveries". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
- "COVID-19: UAE announces 277 new coronavirus cases, one death". Retrieved 6 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE confirms 283 new cases of COVID-19". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE announces 300 new cases of coronavirus – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: The UAE reported 331 new coronavirus cases – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE announces 370 new coronavirus cases, two deaths – News". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE reports 376 new coronavirus cases, 170 recoveries – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE announces 398 new cases – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE announces 412 new cases – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE announces 5 deaths, 432 new cases and 101 recoveries on Wednesday – News". Gulf News. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Covid-19: UAE announces 2 deaths, 460 new coronavirus cases and 61 recoveries on Thursday – News". Gulf News. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:UAE announces 2 deaths, 477 new coronavirus cases and 93 recoveries on Friday – News". Gulf News. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:UAE announces 479 new cases, 98 recoveries – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:UAE announces 484 new coronavirus cases, two deaths – News". Gulf News. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:UAE announces 490 new coronavirus cases, three deaths – News". Gulf News. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:UAE announces rise in COVID-19 recoveries to 1,546, over 31,000 additional tests conducted, 483 new cases identified – News". Ministry of Health. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:Ministry of Health conducts 29,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 518 new cases, 91 recoveries, and 4 deaths – News". Ministry of Health. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
- "Covid-19:UAE announces 525 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
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- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus latest: UAE announces 541 new cases of Covid-19". The National. 4 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE identifies 557 new cases from 26,000 tests". The National. May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- "News Details | UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates". Covid19.ncema.gov.ae. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
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- "Coronavirus: UAE announces 731 new cases". The National. 17 May 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE records 624 new cases". The National. 5 June 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE reports 626 new Covid-19 cases, 724 recoveries". Khaleej Times.
- "Coronavirus: UAE reports 540 new Covid-19 cases, 745 recoveries, one death". Khaleej Times.
- "Coronavirus: UAE reports 568 new Covid-19 cases, 469 recoveries". Khaleej Times.
- "Coronavirus: UAE flies hundreds of foreign nationals out of China". The National. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: British Middle East minister praises UAE's help tackling pandemic". The National. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "UAE to arrange repatriation flights for Indians and other stranded citizens". Arabian Business. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE imposes night curfew as it carries out disinfection campaign". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
- "UAE extends nationwide coronavirus disinfection programme, curfews until April 5". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
- Elbahrawy, Farah (31 March 2020). "Dubai Locks Down Historic Neighborhood to Prevent Virus Spread". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: Dubai announces two-week 24-hour curfew as disinfection continues". Al Arabiya English. 4 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- Report, Web. "Coronavirus: Partial re-opening of Dubai shopping centres for Ramadan amid relaxed movement restrictions". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
- "Dubai allows full hotel capacity and concerts, sports events". Arab News. 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
- "Coronavirus: UAE shuts malls for two weeks". Gulf News.
- "Coronavirus:UAE government reduces restrictions on malls". Gulf News. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
- Kerr, Simeon (5 July 2020). "UAE merges ministries in ambitious government restructuring". Financial Times. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
- "Dubai sells $2bn in bonds for first time in six years". Middle East Monitor. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
- Stewart, Ashleigh (9 October 2020). "Homeless migrants sleep rough beneath Dubai's skyscrapers as Covid employment crisis bites". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
- "Friends Provident International: 57% of UAE workforce would not survive financially for three months in event of critical illness". PRNewswire. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
- "Many stranded, visas expire as Nigeria, UAE keep mum over flight ban". ICIR. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
- "Why UAE school closures are an important opportunity to fight coronavirus". The National. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE schools to close for a month". The National. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: Emirati students in UK flying home as campuses close". Gulf News. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "UAE calls for all Emirati students studying abroad to return within 48 hours". Emirates 24/7. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "China coronavirus outbreak: Dubai to screen passengers". Khaleej Times. Reuters. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
- Kamel, Deena (23 January 2020). "Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports to screen passengers for China coronavirus". The National. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
- Gokulan, Dhanusha. "Coronavirus cases in UAE to be treated free of cost, insurance not necessary". Khaleej Times. Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
- Tesorero, Angel; Nasrallah, Tawfiq (20 March 2020). "Watch: Dubai starts massive coronavirus sterilisation drive". Gulf News. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
- "UAE launches mobile drive-through coronavirus test center". Al Arabiya English. 28 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: Prayers at mosques and all other places of worship in UAE suspended". Gulf News. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Ramadan 2020: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to stream Tarawih prayers". The National. 25 April 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE cancels public prayers at mosques and churches". The National. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "UAE: TRA unblocks Skype for Business, Google Hangouts amid COVID-19 outbreak". Gulf News.
- "Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge". Associated Press. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
- "Dubai halts live entertainment amid surge in virus cases". Associated Press. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
- "Dubai blamed for virus cases abroad; questions swirl at home". Associated Press. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
- "Dubai's Emirates cuts passenger flights to 13 destinations". Associated Press. 22 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus: UAE suspends all passenger and transit flights". Gulf News.
- Alexander Cornwell. "Emirates to temporarily shift all cargo operations to Dubai airport – News". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
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- Monsy, Karen Ann. "Dubai Metro likely to reopen in a week, public transport guidelines issued". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
- "UAE reopens malls, public transport in Dubai, including metro, to open soon". Livemint. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
- "Coronavirus: Dubai temporarily lifts ban on movement of trucks". Gulf News. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
- "Abu Dhabi sets up smart disinfection gate at main bus terminal". The Filipino Times. 31 March 2020.
- "Coronavirus: Inter-city bus services suspended in Sharjah". Gulf News. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
- Report, Web. "Combating coronavirus: Dubai announces restriction on movement of labour to other emirates". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Gulf states use coronavirus threat to tighten authoritarian controls and surveillance". The Conversation. 21 April 2020.
- Al Serkal, Mariam (1 April 2020). "COVID-19: Temporary imprisonment for spreading rumours in UAE". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
- "RPT-Coronavirus tests at Abu Dhabi hospital draw hundreds to queue in sun". Reuters. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
- "Abu Dhabi exhibitions to now accept 96-hour Covid-19 PCR test result". The National. 30 October 2021. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
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- "Two thirds of eligible people in Dubai fully vaccinated against COVID-19". Reuters. 13 June 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
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- Mansour, Zainab (26 May 2021). "Abu Dhabi increases workplace attendance in government offices to 60%". Gulf Business. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
- "More than half of UAE population vaccinated against COVID-19". Arab News. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
- "UAE may 'soon' be first country to vaccinate all population, reach herd immunity: Doc". Al Arabiya English. 3 March 2021. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
- Staff Reporter. "UAE hits Covid vaccination rate of 100.10 per 100 residents". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
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- "UAE is 'number one' in world's coronavirus vaccination race, health ministry says". Arab News. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
- "UAE Ministry of Health opens Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for 12-15 age group". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
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- "almost 70% of eligible UAE population receives Covid-19 vaccination". Arabian Business. 5 May 2021.
- "UAE Covid-19 vaccine drive crosses 80 per cent threshold". The National. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
- "Two thirds of eligible people in Dubai fully vaccinated against COVID-19". Reuters. 13 June 2021. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
- Gokulan, Dhanusha. "'Very small percentage' of Dubai residents hesitant to take Covid vaccine: DHA". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
- Godinho, Varun (24 May 2021). "UAE: Chinese visitors can now receive Covid-19 vaccines in Dubai". Gulf Business. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
- "UAE opens regional COVID-19 vaccination site for Chinese nationals". Reuters. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
- "Hundreds of Chinese tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 on first day of campaign in Dubai". The National. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
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- "Abu Dhabi opens up free COVID-19 vaccines to tourists". Reuters. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
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- "Tourists visiting Abu Dhabi are 'not eligible for coronavirus vaccine'". The National. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
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