In this issue:

  • COVID-19 UPDATES.
  • DUBAI 2020 EXPO DELAY.
  • NEW UAE AMBASSADOR APPOINTMENT.
  • ONLINE VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH AMBASSADORS IN MARKET A GREAT SUCCESS.
  • EMIRATES FIRST AIRLINE TO CONDUCT ON-SITE RAPID COVID-19 TESTS FOR PASSENGERS.
  • EMIRATES STEPS UP SAFETY. 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES


NZTE is providing important information on Covid19 conditions in each market. Please see the information below, which is regularly updated:

For online market updates on COVID-19 impacts in India, the Middle East and Africa see here. This content is reviewed and updated at least weekly with information from our regional teams.

Specific markets and regions featured on the site include:

The team in-market has also produced a podcast for exporters so they can hear directly from our trade commissioners for these markets. You can listen to the full podcast or its India, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Africa segments at the links above or find it on Apple Podcasts by searching for “New Zealand Trade and Enterprise”. These podcasts are recorded every week and complement the COVID updates .

NZME also has extensive information for exporters on the rest of the website – including air freight options for export, guidance on managing business impacts, webinars and business clinics, and details of the services and help available from NZTE and across government.

 

 

DUBAI 2020 EXPO DELAY


A recommendation has been made by the Dubai Expo 2020 Steering Committee to delay Expo2020 for one year until 1 October 2021 due to the Covid19 situation. 

There is a well prescribed process for this to be approved by a 75% majority of the participating countries and this process is now under way.

Please find below the official notification of the recommendation for delay.

 

NEW UAE AMBASSADOR APPOINTMENT


The UAE has announced the appointment of His Excellency Rashid Matar Sultan Al Sairi as the new Ambassador to New Zealand.    

Given the uncertainty around travel arrangements due to the Covid19 disruption, there is not yet an official start date when the Ambassador will commence his duties in New Zealand but the NZMEBC will be establishing contact with him as soon as we can.

 

 

ONLINE VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH AMBASSADORS IN MARKET A GREAT SUCCESS


NZMEBC Chairman Andrew Short has labelled the recent Video conference with diplomatic and trade representatives in the Middle East as a great success.

Over 40 people joined the video conference, arranged by the NZMEBC to provide its members with the opportunity to speak directly with our in market representatives about the impact of Covid19 and how the respective governments and markets were responding to the crisis.

“NZMEBC members are fortunate to have had 90 minutes of full access to James Munro, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Matthew Hawkins, Ambassador to the UAE,  Hamish McMaster, Ambassador to Iran, Clayton Kimpton, Commissioner-General to Expo2020, Kevin McKenna, Trade Commissioner to the UAE and Ahmad Zakkout, Trade Commissioner for Saudi Arabia,” Mr Short said.

“Due to the success of this forum and based on the feedback we have received from participants, we will be working with MFAT to continue to provide this very valuable forum on a regular basis to our members,” said Mr Short.

 

EMIRATES FIRST AIRLINE TO CONDUCT ON-SITE RAPID COVID-19 TESTS FOR PASSENGERS


In co-ordination with the Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Airlines has introduced on-site rapid Covid19 tests for passengers.  

On a recent flight to Tunisia, the quick blood test was conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and results were available within 10 minutes. This test was conveniently done at the Group Check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 3.

Emirates has announced it is working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights, in line with its commitment to the health and safety of staff and passengers.

 

 

EMIRATES STEPS UP SAFETY


Emirates is also stepping up its safety procedures with all customer facing staff wearing full Personal Protective Equipment to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. All cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff will be wearing a protective disposable gown over their uniforms, a safety visor plus masks and gloves.

  • At Dubai International airport, gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees. Thermal scanners monitor the temperatures of all passengers and employees stepping into the airport. Physical distancing indicators have been placed on the ground and at waiting areas to help travellers maintain the necessary distance during check-in and boarding.
  • On board Emirates’ flights, seats are pre-allocated with vacant seats placed between individual passengers or family groups in observance of physical distancing protocols.
  • Emirates has also modified its inflight services for health and safety reasons. Food and beverages continue to be offered in the form of bento-styled boxes to reduce contact between the crew and customers during meal service, and minimise risk of interaction. The personal boxes provide customers with sandwiches, beverages, snacks and desserts.
  • Similarly, to reduce risk of spreading the virus by touch, magazines and other print reading material are temporarily unavailable. Cabin baggage are currently not accepted on flights. Carry-on items allowed in the cabin are limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items. All other items have to be checked in, and Emirates will add the cabin baggage allowance to customers’ check-in baggage allowance. Customers have to wear their masks and gloves throughout their journey from check-in until they disembark.
  • All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai after each journey.