New protocol issued for UAE flights to tackle infectious diseases

06:13 PM | 14 May, 2024
New protocol issued for UAE flights to tackle infectious diseases

DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates Aviation Authority has introduced a new protocol to tackle the spread of communicable diseases during air travel.

The protocol was introduced on Tuesday and basically, it stresses swift reporting by operators' stations and collaboration with local health authorities.

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and member states have lavished praise on the UAE authorities for their innovative approach to reducing significant public health risks associated with air travel.

The protocol was introduced by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) during the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA) joint meeting in Germany.

Commenting on the measure, Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, highlighted the Protocol's importance and asserted that the authority would adhere to global aviation safety standards through collaborative efforts with international partners, Khaleej Times reported.

Meanwhile, Aqeel Al Zarouni, Assistant Director-General of the Aviation Safety Affairs Sector, termed the Protocol as a significant milestone in combating communicable diseases, aiming to enhance airport capacities and build closer cooperation between public health and civil aviation sectors.

It is to be highlighted that Dubai hosted 15.37 million overnight international visitors in the first 11 months of 2023, implying that the emirate's tourism sector is making a strong recovery after COVID-19. 

The official stats given by Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism suggest that the 11-month performance is 2.5 percent above the 15 million international visitors the emirate hosted in the same period in 2019 before the pandemic brought travel to a standstill.

Interestingly, the emirate was ranked the world’s most popular destination for holidaymakers in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travellers' Choice Awards for a second year in a row - a unique feat for others but a routine for a country that stresses public safety and upholds the best global standards in its aviation practices. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 28, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro stands at 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal increased to 73.45.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.25
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.03 748.03
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.42 38.82
Danish Krone DKK 40.44 40.84
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.62 35.97
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 904.07 913.07
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.05 59.65
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.6 7.75


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