‘Our moral obligation’

Emaar Properties has donated Dhs100 million in order to help the fight against coronavirus.

The donation was made directly to the Social Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19, which was launched by the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. In partnership with charities, the general public and government authorities, the fund will directly support the fight against COVID-19.

The chairman of the Dubai-based real estate development company, Mohamed Alabbar, said they were “proud” to be contributing to the fund, adding it was Emaar’s “moral obligation” in order to support the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.

“We are proud to be among the first contributors to the Fund, and we invite all companies to join the initiative as it is our moral obligation to support our society and economy and government efforts to contain this pandemic,” Alabbar said in a statement. “This crisis has impacted everyone, and we are keen to aid efforts to accelerate government measures to restore normal life.”


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Emaar Properties is the developer behind The Dubai Mall — the world’s biggest mall — which officially opened in 2008, and the Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building — which opened in 2010.

COVID-19 restrictions in Dubai

 As part of new measures to combat the further spreading of coronavirus, all residents in Dubai now need to apply for movement permits in order to leave their homes.

Reinstating movement permits comes after it was announced the national sterilisation programme was to be extended to 24 hours a day in Dubai requiring people to stay home at all times. Those who to do not comply with the rules could be faced with legal implications.

For those included in the vital and support workers categories you do not need a movement permit, but a letter from employers must be obtained in order to outline movements to and from work.

There have been 1,798 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE — 144 of those have recovered, and there has been 10 fatalities.

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