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Union minister Piyush Goyal met Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE minister for foreign trade, on Wednesday. (Photo via @PiyushGoyal on Twitter)

India, UAE begin 1st round of CEPA talks today; aim to sign trade pact by 2022

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 05:48 AM IST
Both India and the UAE have expressed a desire to reach a mutually beneficial economic deal, building upon the progress made by the countries under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed in 2017.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has eased off procedures and Covid-19 protocols for entering the country in view of Expo 2020 Dubai, said Ambassador of UAE to India Dr Ahmed Albanna on Thursday.(Unsplash)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has eased off procedures and Covid-19 protocols for entering the country in view of Expo 2020 Dubai, said Ambassador of UAE to India Dr Ahmed Albanna on Thursday.(Unsplash)

UAE eases off procedures for letting in Indians in view of Expo 2020 Dubai

ANI |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 08:37 AM IST
  • While sharing details of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be held from October 1 to March 31, 2022, Albanna said all Indian visitors whether they had tourist visas or work visas will be allowed to enter the UAE with eased protocols of Covid-19.
Dubai is due to open the Expo 2020 World Fair on October 1, for which it has been preparing for almost a decade, after a year-long delay due to the pandemic.(Reuters)
Dubai is due to open the Expo 2020 World Fair on October 1, for which it has been preparing for almost a decade, after a year-long delay due to the pandemic.(Reuters)

UAE lifts travel restrictions for residents from India, 14 other countries

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 05:56 PM IST
  • It has also allowed residents from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan as well to fly into the UAE from September 12.
Representational image
Representational image

News updates from HT: UAE temporarily suspends on-arrival visa for Indians

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2021 01:00 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Etihad Airways will start operating India-UAE flight services from the international airports at Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Trivandrum, and New Delhi. (Representational Image)
Etihad Airways will start operating India-UAE flight services from the international airports at Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Trivandrum, and New Delhi. (Representational Image)

India-UAE flights to resume from more cities today. Check travel guidelines here

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 07, 2021 07:15 AM IST
The UAE has lifted the transit ban for travellers from six countries, including India, travelling from and to the country amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Besides India, the ban has been lifted for Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.
Restaurants are beginning to open to customers again(edpics/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Restaurants are beginning to open to customers again(edpics/Zoonar/picture alliance)

What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?

By Deutsche Welle, Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2021 10:33 AM IST
  • As Europe begins to open up, DW offers a brief recap of what travel restrictions apply within the EU.
Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE.(Reuters)
Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE.(Reuters)

RS member seeks govt intervention to address issue of Gulf nations' travel ban

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2021 07:41 PM IST
  • External affairs minister S Jaishankar told the Rajya Sabha member that the Centre is speaking to the GCC states for a solution to the flight ban, according to a release issued by Kumar’s office.
Travel ban on Indians has impacted students the most in the ongoing admission session in foreign universities. (PTI)
Travel ban on Indians has impacted students the most in the ongoing admission session in foreign universities. (PTI)

'Mumbai, Delhi practically free of Covid': India asks UK to review travel ban

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 24, 2021 09:49 PM IST
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who went to the UK on a two-day visit met UK foreign officials and urged them to remove India from its red list.
Emirates has extended its suspension of flights from Pakistan and three other South Asian countries to Dubai till July 28.(AP)
Emirates has extended its suspension of flights from Pakistan and three other South Asian countries to Dubai till July 28.(AP)

Emirates extends flight ban to UAE from India, Pakistan, two other countries

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2021 08:24 PM IST
  • Emirates said that any passenger who has been to these four Asian countries in the last 14 days will not be allowed to travel from anywhere to the UAE.
UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority had banned inbound flights from India to Dubai on April 24, when the deadly second wave of the virus had literally paralysed the country.(File photo)
UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority had banned inbound flights from India to Dubai on April 24, when the deadly second wave of the virus had literally paralysed the country.(File photo)

Wait for Indians travelling to UAE gets longer after it extends flight ban

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2021 07:11 PM IST
The restrictions on flyers from these countries are applicable on all types of visas, which means even expats on business visa hoping to return to the UAE would have to wait.
The international airports at Mumbai and Hyderabad are gearing up for the UAE flight services to return, equipped with rapid PCR and lab testing. (File Photo / Representational Image)
The international airports at Mumbai and Hyderabad are gearing up for the UAE flight services to return, equipped with rapid PCR and lab testing. (File Photo / Representational Image)

Mumbai, Hyderabad airports prepare for resumption of UAE flights: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2021 05:46 AM IST
The Mumbai airport has instituted a rapid PCR-testing facility, that provides results in just 13 minutes, a report cited an airport official as saying. The Hyderabad airport has also partnered up with a Covid-19 testing lab certified by the ICMR and the NABL, the report said.
An artist’s impression of how Mars’ discrete aurora might be viewed from different views including the surface of Mars(UAE Space Agency)
An artist’s impression of how Mars’ discrete aurora might be viewed from different views including the surface of Mars(UAE Space Agency)

UAE’s Hope Mars Mission captures new photos of Mars' auroras, shares images

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2021 11:46 PM IST
While taking pictures of the auroras was not part of the core observations planned for the Hope probe, its high-altitude orbit has enabled it to capture a global view of the night side of Mars too.
“The Middle East is our home. We’re here to stay. We call on all the countries of the region to recognize that. And to come talk to us,” Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid said.(AP)
“The Middle East is our home. We’re here to stay. We call on all the countries of the region to recognize that. And to come talk to us,” Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid said.(AP)

New Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid in the UAE on first state visit

AP | , Dubai
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2021 02:13 AM IST
Israel's foreign minister Yair Lapid met the UAE's foreign minister in Abu Dhabi and inaugurated Israel's first embassy in the Gulf.
Emirates' first shipment under the Airbridge initiative flew from Dubai to Delhi on May 13.(Twitter / @emirates)
Emirates' first shipment under the Airbridge initiative flew from Dubai to Delhi on May 13.(Twitter / @emirates)

UAE's Emirates flies 100 tonnes of Covid relief materials to India for free

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 07:35 PM IST
  • Under the Emirates India Humanitarian Airbridge, the long-haul carrier donated cargo capacity to transport essential supplies like relief tents and thousands of oxygen cylinders and concentrators.
Covid-19 travel update: UK off Spain's curb-free list, Vietnam to resume flights(File Photo)
Covid-19 travel update: UK off Spain's curb-free list, Vietnam to resume flights(File Photo)

Covid-19 travel update: UK off Spain's curb-free list, Vietnam to resume flights

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2021 06:39 PM IST
From US increasing its travel warning for the United Arab Emirates and four African countries to New Zealand reopening travel bubble, Vietnam to resume flights and Spain taking UK off restriction-free list, catch all the travel updates amid Covid-19 here
The unvaccinated will effectively be barred from entering any business in the city except for supermarkets and pharmacies.(Reuters)
The unvaccinated will effectively be barred from entering any business in the city except for supermarkets and pharmacies.(Reuters)

Abu Dhabi to only allow people vaccinated against Covid-19 in some public places

PTI | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 02:10 AM IST
The Emirati government on Monday said that starting August 20, authorities will begin restricting access to shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, sporting activities, museums, gyms, schools and universities.
FILE PHOTO: A man receives a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at St. Paul's Church in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Khushnum Bhandari/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A man receives a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at St. Paul's Church in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Khushnum Bhandari/File Photo(REUTERS)

UAE capital Abu Dhabi offers free Covid-19 vaccines to tourists

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2021 05:34 PM IST
Visitors with visas issued by Abu Dhabi and passport holders eligible for tourist visas when they arrive in the UAE through Abu Dhabi can book free Covid-19 vaccines
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country.(AP / File)
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country.(AP / File)

UAE to suspend entry from three countries, allows fully vaccinated Indians

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 09:41 AM IST
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country from Monday. Travellers from India, who have valid residence visas and have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, will be allowed in the emirate.
The UAE recently said nearly 85% of its total eligible population had received at least one dose of a vaccine. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi(REUTERS)
The UAE recently said nearly 85% of its total eligible population had received at least one dose of a vaccine. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi(REUTERS)

Dubai has fully vaccinated two thirds of eligible people against Covid-19

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 04:09 PM IST
  • For six months the UAE has been running one of the world's fastest vaccination campaigns against Covid-19
Abu Dhabi will limit entry to shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15.(AP photo)
Abu Dhabi will limit entry to shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15.(AP photo)

Covid-19: Abu Dhabi to place new curbs on the unvaccinated in malls, beaches

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Abu Dhabi will limit entry to shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15. The restrictions will also apply to gyms, hotels and their facilities, public parks, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centres, cinemas, and museums, Abu Dhabi's media office said.
Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)

Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries

ANI |
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2021 11:02 AM IST
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte approves extension of the coronavirus restrictions on travellers from seven countries to prevent the spread of the B.1617 "double mutant" variant of the Covid-19 first discovered in India
The ban was initially imposed on April 25, after a surge in Covid-19 cases in India..(File photo)
The ban was initially imposed on April 25, after a surge in Covid-19 cases in India..(File photo)

UAE extends suspension on flights from India till June 30 to combat Covid spread

PTI | , Dubai
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2021 01:34 AM IST
In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, Emirates, the flag carrier of the UAE, said, it has suspended passenger flights from India effective April 24 until June 30.
UAE golden visa are issued for five or 10 years and will be renewed automatically.(Unsplash)
UAE golden visa are issued for five or 10 years and will be renewed automatically.(Unsplash)

Indian student gets UAE's coveted 10-year golden visa

PTI | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 08:50 PM IST
Typically, the 10-year golden visa is targeted at wealthy individuals keen to offer the UAE significant investment in exchange for an opportunity to reside within the country.
Eid-ul-Fitra 2021 namaz in UAE: Prayer timings for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah(Photo by Alessa Ciraulo on Unsplash)
Eid-ul-Fitra 2021 namaz in UAE: Prayer timings for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah(Photo by Alessa Ciraulo on Unsplash)

Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 namaz in UAE: Prayer timings for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:25 PM IST
  • Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 namaz in UAE: As Saudi Arabia and other Arab states gear to sight the crescent moon of Shawwal on Tuesday evening, here are the prayer timings with Covid-19 guidelines for those in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah
Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: Saudi Arabia to sight crescent on Tuesday(Twitter/MAbduweli)
Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: Saudi Arabia to sight crescent on Tuesday(Twitter/MAbduweli)

Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting highlights: Crescent not sighted in Saudi Arabia

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:36 PM IST
  • Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting highlights: The crescent moon for the month of Shawwal 1442 was not sighted on Tuesday evening. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13 2021 which will mark the end of Ramadan 2021
Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, other countries that begin fasts from Tuesday(Twitter/emrecelikrumi)
Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, other countries that begin fasts from Tuesday(Twitter/emrecelikrumi)

Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, others that may begin fasts from Tuesday

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 07:03 PM IST
  • Ramadan 2021: From Saudi Arabia to Asian countries like India and Pakistan and Western nations like USA and UK, here is a list of regions that begin fasting from Tuesday after sighting the crescent moon
Ramadan 2021 moon sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, others to sight the moon(Twitter/jimcarr_wpg)
Ramadan 2021 moon sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, others to sight the moon(Twitter/jimcarr_wpg)

Ramadan 2021 moon sighting highlights: Saudi Arabia committee announces date

UPDATED ON APR 11, 2021 11:59 PM IST
  • Ramadan 2021 moon sighting updates: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court had called on all Muslims in UAE, Qatar and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon for the onset of the Holy month of Ramadan on Sunday evening, Sha’ban 29, 1442 AH, that is April 11, 2021
In secret recordings obtained in February this year, Princess Latifa claimed she was being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail", with no access to medical help.(AP Photo)
In secret recordings obtained in February this year, Princess Latifa claimed she was being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail", with no access to medical help.(AP Photo)

UAE hasn't provided Princess Latifa's 'proof of life': UN

ANI | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 08:39 AM IST
  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday it has asked the UAE for "proof of life" for the Princess, but did not receive it.
General view of Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(Reuters)
General view of Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(Reuters)

Dubai orders deportations for naked balcony photo shoot

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 02:48 PM IST
The group of naked women posing for a photographer last week along a balcony railing in the upscale Dubai Marina area was visible from neighouring buildings.
A medical worker fills a syringe with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine as country begins mass vaccination for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Belgrade, Serbia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Marko Djurica(REUTERS)
A medical worker fills a syringe with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine as country begins mass vaccination for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Belgrade, Serbia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Marko Djurica(REUTERS)

China picks UAE as regional production hub for Sinopharm vaccine shot

Bloomberg | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 05:51 PM IST
Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries PSC said on Sunday it signed a contract to start manufacturing the vaccine from April. With the accord, the UAE will become the first Gulf state to set up a coronavirus vaccine production facility, boosting its efforts to become a supply hub to the Middle East and beyond.
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