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We provide members and guests with up to date information regarding COVID-19 to give clarity and ‘ground truths’

(The  most recent updates are listed at the top of each section)

Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis And Disasters Committee - All Activities in Resume in 2 Weeks Announced on 9th December 2020

UAE Attorney General - UAE COVID-19 Fines Updated September 2020

Dubai Government - New economic stimulus package worth AED1.5 billion

UAE Federal Competitiveness & Statistic Authority - The UAE Government Initiatives to Combat the COVID-19 Crisis*

Department of Economic Development - Added Rental Rebate for Restaurants, Entertainment and Tourism (except Hotels)

Abu Dhabi Investment Office - Abu Dhabi Economic Stimulus Package Update. 

UAE Ministry of Economy - SME Definition

Government of Abu Dhabi - Ghadan 21 Economic Stimulus Package Programme & Initiatives 

Government of Abu Dhabi - Ghadan 21 Synopsis

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development - 20% Rental Rebate Initiative for Commercial Facilities

Dubai Chamber - Tender Opportunities 

Central Bank of the UAEIndividuals, SME's and private corporate customers seeing the values of TESS

Dubai Government - Dubai economy launches the Price Monitor to publish the daily price list of essentials

Ghadan 21 Economic Stimulus - 16 Initiatives Under Abu Dhabi Economic Stimulus Package 

UAE Banks Federation - Key Resources - TogetherAgainstFraud Campaign 

UAE Banks Federation - Key Resources - UAE Banks Federation Supplement 

UAE Banks Federation - Key Resources - Latest news and updates from UBF during COVID-19

Central Bank of the UAE - Utilisation of the Targeted Economic Support Scheme (TESS)

Federal Tax Authority - Deadline for submitting VAT returns extended in UAE

UAE Government - Complete listing of the UAE Economic Stimulus Packages to combat COVID-19

FAB Bank - COVID-19 Updates

Clyde & Co - UAE has released the full list of 122 categories for 100% ownership under the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Law

Ministry of EconomyMinistry of Economy announces reduction in fees for 94 of its services

Afridi & AngellNew cost relief measures implemented by UAE authorities in response to COVID-19: 19.4.20

MoHRE – Launch of The National Program to Support the Stability of The Labour Market in the Private Sector

Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi banks announce 17 initiatives for the community and business

Abu Dhabi DEDEstablishments that practise Leisure Facilities to receive a 20% refund of the total annual rental value

Ghadan 21 – Abu Dhabi Executive Council launches economic stimulus package, fast-tracks Ghadan 21 initiatives

Dubai Customs – Dubai Economic Stimulus Package including 1% refund on customs duty

Government of Dubai Media Office – Dubai banks announce business relief package for customers as part of support for UAE economy

WAM Emirates News Agency – DIFC to announce fiscal easing initiatives to support businesses amid COVID-19

Abu Dhabi Department of Health - New entry requirements to Abu Dhabi Emirate from Sunday 8th November 2020 

UAE Attorney General - UAE COVID-19 Fines Updated September 2020

Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 and Abu Dhabi Department of Health - Travel advisory update for entering Abu Dhabi from 5th September 2020 

Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 and Abu Dhabi Department of Health - Travel advisory update for entering Abu Dhabi - 2 tests approved from 27th August 2020

*UAE Federal Competitiveness & Statistic Authority - The UAE Government Initiatives to Combat the COVID-19 Crisis*

Weqaya - Weqaya Application

Ministry of Culture & Knowledge Development, Abu Dhabi - The National Creative Relief Program - Financial Support

Abu Dhabi DED -  Circular issued to to business owners on mandatory control regulations for COVID-19 and sanctions for violations 

Ministry of Health & Prevention - Social & Health Guidelines: April 2020

Ma'an Abu Dhabi - Toolkit including additional information about the program

Ma'an Abu Dhabi - In need of food supplies support?

The National - Mental health help in the UAE during the COVID-19 crisis: 5 organisations to know about

Department of HealthNew measures for Healthcare Professionals

MoHRE – Ministerial Resolution No. 281 of 2020, promulgated by the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation on 29 March 2020, contains a requirement that all employers must test their employees for symptoms of COVID-19 at least twice a day, upon entering and upon leaving the workplace

UAE Department of Health – Global Tracker, up-to-date stats of current COVID-19 cases across the world

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism - Updated precautionary measures for hotels & tourist establishments 

Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis And Disasters Committee - All Activities in Resume in 2 Weeks Announced on 9th December 2020

Abu Dhabi Department of Health - New entry requirements to Abu Dhabi Emirate from Sunday 8th November 2020 

Government of Dubai - Dubai Tourism updates on the resumption of social events and weddings in Dubai 18th October 2020

Travel Advice from UK Gov - Updates on travel restrictions and requirements between UK and UAE

UAE Attorney General - UAE COVID-19 Fines Updated September 2020

Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 and Abu Dhabi Department of Health - Travel advisory update for entering Abu Dhabi from 5th September 2020 

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism - Entertainment Permit Requirements Update 30th August 2020 

Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 and Abu Dhabi Department of Health - Travel advisory update for entering Abu Dhabi - 2 tests approved from 27th August 2020

Dubai Government / Dubai Tourism - Resumption of Dubai Events Guidelines August 2020 

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NECMA) and The ICAUAE - Approved second phase for the return of residents to Abu Dhabi 12/08/2020

Dubai Government - Guidelines for Dubai Events August 2020

Abu Dhabi DED - Private Sector Establishments to raise % of attendance of staff in office

Dubai Government - Trade Communication Toolkit COVID-19 

DCTM - Dubai Events Update July 2020 

Travel Advice Updates 4th July 2020 - UAE Allows Citizens & Residents to Travel Abroad 

Dubai Government - Announcement of Next Phases of Reopenings 

Dubai Government - Guidance for Event Permit Requirements 

UAE Federal Competitiveness & Statistic Authority - The UAE Government Initiatives to Combat the COVID-19 Crisis

Emergency, Crisis & Disaster Committee - Travel update for the UAE

Abu Dhabi Government Media Office - Further information on procedures for entering Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disaster Committee - Update on restrictions for entering Abu Dhabi

National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee - Lifting of restrictions in Abu Dhabi

Government of Dubai - Ease of restrictions on a number of activities effective June 18th

Multi-Nation Business Continuity Task Force Convenes in Abu Dhabi, Dubai - Press Release regarding new Task Force

Abu Dhabi Police - Extension of Travel Ban for 1 week effective 9th June 2020

Ministry of Education - School Calendar for the academic year beginning August 30th, 2020-2021

ATC News - World Airports Reopening Dates

Abu Dhabi Department of Health - Travel Ban within the Emirate

BCAF - British Community Assistance Fund UAE

Emirates Airline - Flight resumption process

Government of Dubai - Update on Tourism Sector rules in Dubai

SME Support - Initiative to Support SME's in Dubai

Dubai Economy - Reopening of Dubai Sectors Plan

Dubai FDI - The UAE economic stimulus packages to combat COVID-19

Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee - Update to the list of violations and fines, based on Decision No (38) of 2020, and its amendments, to curb the spread of Covid-19

Khalifa Fund - Impact of COVID-19 on the SME Sector in the UAE: Insights and recommended response

Ministry of Health & Prevention - UAE Coronavirus Latest Update

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism - Circular on Remote Event Licenses

Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi - Updates on Guidelines for Businesses

ADGM - ADGM support measures in light of COVID-19

ADGM - ADGM Live - Spotlight on In Country Value (ICV) Webinar

Dubai Government - Reopening Update 

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism - Exemption from Tourism Fees for Event Organisers in Abu Dhabi

Department for Economic Development -Regulations for opening restaurants outside commerical centers 

TRA - Statement by Telecommunications Regulatory Authority announcing applications available in the UAE

Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi - Circular on criteria related to the classification of start ups

British Embassy UAE - UK in UAE Consular Newsletter

Arab Organisation for Industrial Development & Mining- Arab Platform for Ordering and Offering Industrial Commodities and Products in order to keep up with the COVID-19 repercussions

Tawasul - FAQ's on renewing ID cards, visas, resident permit, cost of COVID-19 testing, etc 

Dentons - Global COVID-19 Hub

E-commerce 10 tips for SME's

Ajman Department of Economic Development - Directive on reopening of commercial centers and salons

British Business Groups - British Business Groups respond to stark research figures of financial and operational concerns of UK business in the region in light of COVID-19 disruption

Arabian Business - Joint BBGs Response to COVID-19 in UAE

Gulf Business - Joint BBGs Response to COVID-19 in UAE 

Pro Partner Group - UAE Staffing Options During COVID-19

MOHRE - Job Portal

MOHRE - Virtual Labour Market

Government of Dubai - DIFC announces Presidential Directive to provide greater protection for companies and employees

TAMM - Abu Dhabi Government Services

Abu Dhabi DED  Guidelines and precautionary measures for the preparation of reopening malls

Abu Dhabi Police - Dh1,000 fine for throwing used face masks, gloves out of a car

Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship UAE (ICAUAE)UAE residency, visit visas to be valid till December 2020

Supreme Court of Crisis and Disaster Management - Partial Easing of Restrictions in Dubai

Gulf News - New guidelines for leaving the house, meeting family during Ramadan, Dubai

Dubai Economy - Guidelines and Protocols for reopenings 

Dubai TourismExtension of Precautionary Circulars until further notice - Hotels, Venues, Restaurants

WAM Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi Government launches ‘Digital Month’ initiative

Schluter Graf – UAE’s preventive measures, travel restrictions and anticipatory economic packages in the wake of COVID-19

UAE National Emergency Crisis & Disasters Management Authority – Weqaya pertaining to COVID-19

PRO Partner Group – UAE Government Department Updates

Afridi & Angell – UAE Government Department Updates 3.4.2020 / ‘Sterilisation & Stay At Home’ and clarity on Remote Work in Private Sector Establishments Resolution

(Free COVID-19 Advice Hotline extended until 20 April 2020. Contact: ssafai@afridi-angell.com)

Afridi & AngellSterilisation & Stay At Home and clarity on Remote Work in Private Sector Establishments Resolution

Travel Advice from UK Gov - Updates on travel restrictions and requirements between UK and UAE

UK Experience - COVID-19 - Help for Attractions Brochure  

British Contract Furnishing Association - Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Product Directory 

BBG Business Briefing - Summary of HM Ambassador & HM Consul General presentation to BBG members & guests May 2020

UK Government - The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

UK Government - Guidance for UK workplaces

British Embassy Abu Dhabi Contact for Businesses - please email covid19@trade.gov.uk

British Embassy Abu Dhabi Consular Services - please contact consularcomms.uae@fco.gov.uk

British Embassy - Sign up for UAE travel advice

British Chambers of Commerce - Letter from BCC Chairman to UK Prime Minister

UK Government, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - New discretionary grant fund for some small businesses and entrepreneurs

Top Concerns and Remedies for UK businesses in the UAE

British Chambers of CommerceBritish Chambers of Commerce Coronavirus Business Impacts Tracker (CBIT) is the UK's largest independent business survey tracking economic conditions on a weekly basis.

British Business Bank – UK, COVID-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

UK Government – COVID-19 support for UK businesses as set out by The Chancellor

UK Government – UK Business Financial Support

UK Government – Round Up of UK Government COVID-19 Support for Business

UK Government – Job Retention Scheme

UK Government – If a business is disrupted by late payments, UKEF can help ease cash flow constraints by guaranteeing bank loans through its ‘Export Working Capital Scheme’

UK Government –  Affected by late payments? UKEF can help ease cash flow constraints by guaranteeing bank loans through its ‘Export Working Capital Scheme’

UK Government – UKEF can support finance for overseas buyers through the ‘Direct Lending Facility scheme

UK Government – Find out about cover policy and indicators for countries and territories that are covered by UK Export Finance

UK Government – Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally during COVID-19

British Chambers of Commerce – Keeping you up to date and supporting your business

DIT – Department for International Trade (DIT) confirms measures to support business continuity on food labelling with UAE Government 

List of key contacts at British Embassy Abu Dhabi - See full list on BBG homepage

Joint Community Response to COVID-19 through Volunteers.ae - There are numerous volunteer opportunities across the UAE to aid the COVID-19 relief mission. If you would like to volunteer, please register your interest HERE.

The BBGs have reached out to the business community and compiled a directory of offers of free support, from across multiple sectors of our memberships. These are points of contact as nominated by CEOs and senior management for your convenience and direct access. If you need support in these areas, please reach out to the contacts listed.

Nick Cochrane-Dyet MBE
Chairman of BBG Abu Dhabi

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John Martin St.Valery
Chairman BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates

A Joint message from the Chairmen of British Business Groups for Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Northern Emirates. Please click here to watch:

The British Business Groups for Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Northern Emirates joined forces with the Department for International Trade to reach out to the British business community to understand how best to support its members throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19 and in the planning of return to “business as usual”

This resource was produced by THC as an expression of support for the BBG and the broader business community.