Banks told replenish ATMs for salary take-outs

By Eudore R. Chand

UAE 27 March 2020: The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE), has directed banks to replenish ATMs with new banknotes of all denominations and to ensure the availability during the salary payment cycle this month.

According to a press release issued by CBUAE, the move is in line with the efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Covid-19, and to ensure the health and safety of bank customers.

The CBUAE has also advised banks to immediately implement additional preventive measures regarding the ATM usage, such as sanitising all ATMs on a regular basis and providing preventive equipment (disposable latex gloves) to all customers while using the ATMs at all times.

New TRA list of online shopping includes 44 stores

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has issued a new list of purchasing application of online stores in the UAE bringing the total number of e-stores to 44.

The updated list includes applications providing new services that will enable consumers to purchase their needs along with online shopping services provided by cooperatives around the country, such as groceries, meat, fish, vegetables and fruits shops.

The new list comprises the apps of many cooperatives, including the Emirates Cooperative Society, the Sharjah Cooperative Society, the Al Etihad Cooperative Insurance Company, the Dubai Fishermen Cooperative Society, Noon, Masafi and MyDubai.

Dubai Municipality closes external customer service centres

Dubai Municipality has closed all external customer service centres including its Twar, Hatta, Al Kifaf and Al Manara centres.

However, the municipality said, it will continue to receive all types of requests remotely via smart applications, call centres and direct calls.

“The services of strategic partners both government departments and private organisations provided in the Dubai Municipality facilities will no longer be processed in-person,” it added.

Dubai Municipality has devoted significant efforts to combat the coronavirus, Covid-19, by implementing multiple measures and initiatives including sterilisation and frequent disinfection of all buildings and facilities, and educating workers and the public about vital prevention measures.

More AD buses and trips to prevent Covid-19 spread

The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi announced that it has added 36 buses and 122 trips to its public bus network on routes with high demand during peak hours.

ITC previously added five services during morning peak hours and four services during evening peak hours to five services in Abu Dhabi City. This consequently reduced the crowding of the public on buses from 90 percent to 60 percent and helped passengers in maintaining social distances. The additional buses will also reduce the frequency of the buses and decrease the waiting times during peak hours.

Passengers are requested to exercise caution while using public buses and to ensure leaving a distance from others. They are also advised not to sneeze or cough in the directions of others and to cover their mouths and noses while doing so.

Also, in case someone suspects illness, they are requested not to use the public buses for the safety for everyone.

ITC have started number of precautionary actions since the outbreak of Covid-19 including the extensive cleaning and sterilisation of the public transport modes and its facilities in aim of protecting the society and public transport users.

Dubai Chamber applies 100% remote work

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the implementation of 100 percent remote working starting next Sunday, March 29, in compliance with the circular of the Dubai Executive Council to implement this rule in all departments and institutions of the Dubai government.

The regularity of daily operations and services has been taken into account, anticipating any difficulties that may affect the functioning of business operations, Dubai Chamber said, adding that employees have been provided with the latest technologies, and solutions to all barriers have been identified, in order to maintain business continuity.

The Chamber says it has provided an integrated system of smart and electronic services that cover all the needs and requirements of the business community, which enables its customers to complete all their transactions remotely, easily and in accordance with the highest international standards. “With 98% of the core services available online, its members can continue their business operations uninterrupted,” it concluded.