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  • New Entry Permits will resume in the UAE but work permits are still on hold -

    The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) have announced that commencing today, Thursday 24th September, entry permits will resume as part of the UAE’s effort to ease restrictions and recover from the global pandemic.

    Although entry permits have resumed, the issuance of work permits is still on hold – we will keep clients updated on this.

    For UAE visa and entry permit assistance please do get in touch with us on +971 (0)4 456 1761 for Dubai, or +971 (0)2 448 5120 for Abu Dhabi, or email us at info@ppg.ae.

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  • Abu Dhabi investment company reveals plans to build the world’s largest indoor farm -

    Rainmakers Capital Investment, an Abu Dhabi based company has announced plans to build the world’s largest farm in the desert of Abu Dhabi, as a joint venture with the Netherlands based company, Grow Group IPS.

    The farm will be called Green Factory Emirates and will costs AED650 million, with the world’s most advanced indoor growing system from the Netherlands. The farm will produce over 10,000 tons of fresh produce per year on a plot of 17.5 hectares and cultivation area of 160,000 square metres.

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  • The UAE’s first nuclear power plant to reach 50% of its power production capacity -

    The UAE is on a mission to generate a third of its power from clean reusable energy, including power from nuclear, by 2022.

    The nuclear operations and maintenance company, Nawah Energy, announced that the reactor of unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved 50 percent of its electricity production capacity, an important step in the process of power ascension testing (PAT).

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  • Entertainment & Gaming Halls prepare to reopen in Abu Dhabi -

    The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Abu Dhabi has announced guidelines for the reopening of these facilities. The entertainment centres and gaming halls in Abu Dhabi will have a maximum seating capacity of 60 per cent and must follow the following protocols to allow reopening:

    • Intensive sterilisation throughout the day
    • All employees are required to take a Covid-19 test
    • Temperate checks on all staff
    • Staff must wear face masks and gloves
    • Staff must maintain distance of 2 metres
    • Encourage contactless payment / via e-channels
    • Face masks are mandatory for all customers

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  • Residents of Abu Dhabi will no longer need an alcohol licence -

    Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism announced that residents living in the emirate and tourists will no longer need to have a licence to purchase or drink alcohol. Drinking should only be done in a private home or in a licensed venue.

    Retailers have been informed that they no longer need to ask for a licence. The buyer must be 21 or over and must only be purchasing for personal use and not resale.

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  • Dubai Freezone - Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) extends company support scheme -

    DMCC Freezone announced a support package in early March because of the coronavirus outbreak, this scheme has now been extended until October 20th due to the continuous economic impact of the pandemic on companies.

    The scheme includes the following:

    • Up to 25% discount on license renewal
    • 100% waiver on late licence renewal penalties
    • 100% waiver on late lease renewal penalties
    • 50% off company reinstatement fees
    • 30% discount on additional licence fees

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  • All academic staff in Abu Dhabi’s public schools are eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations -

    On 15th September the UAE announced an emergency approval for the Covid-19 vaccination for front line health care workers only - this has now been extended to academic staff in Abu Dhabi.

    Currently this is only for staff working in public schools, teaching staff and their first-degree adult relatives have been categorised as a priority and may voluntarily apply for the vaccination.

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  • The UAE makes headway on solar projects aiming to make 50% of its power come from renewable energy by 2050 -

    Abu Dhabi plans to generate a third of its power from reusable clean energy, including nuclear, in four years.

    Despite the current global pandemic, Abu Dhabi is continuing its projects on renewable and nuclear power. The Emirate sits on the majority of the country’s oil and gas resources - the new clean energy mix will mean more oil and gas will be freed up for exportation.

    In April 2020, Abu Dhabi achieved a record low solar PV tariff and continue making headway on solar projects – the 2 GW Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic independent power producer project is expected to be completed by 2022.

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  • How Dubai's retirement visa may shape the future of the UAE's real estate market -

    For a sluggish real estate market attempting to recover from the blow of the coronavirus pandemic, the announcement of the retirement visa looks well timed for Dubai. Experts and developers alike agree that the implications are big, with new sub-sectors being created in the property market focused on would-be buyers approaching retirement age.

    One of the three conditions through which expats can be eligible for the retirement visa is for them to own property valued at over AED2 million (close to $550,000). Real estate developers now have a previously inaccessible market, that of 55 years old and over expats, within their reach.

    Retire in Dubai was launched earlier this month and so it is too soon to have solid data on its impact, but the prospects for real estate stakeholders is promising.

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