The new team will ‘focus on emerging markets, where populations have been hard hit by the pandemic, and pharmaceutical transport and logistics are challenging,” according to the announcement.
Dubai will also start to manufacture the Sinopharm vaccine in the country later this year. To date, the UAE has vaccinated around a quarter of its population, making it one of the most successful vaccine roll-outs in the world.
CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, said; “Dubai’s central location means it is easily accessible to almost 80% of the world’s population within just four hours, making the decision to join forces and develop the world’s preeminent distribution hub a very strategic one. Over the coming months, there will undoubtedly be a major surge in demand for the efficient, safe and reliable global distribution of high volumes of COVID-19 vaccines, and we wanted to be ready to respond to and accommodate that demand. This alliance is timed perfectly and will not only support a global need, but also support the future of travel.”
Sheikh Mohammed announces UAE citizenship for foreigners
Sheikh Mohammed has announced a new law amendment which will give UAE citizenship to non-Emiratis.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the new law changes via his Twitter page on Saturday.
Under the new law, the UAE will be able to grant citizenship to a wide range of people including investors, scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors, professionals and those with special skills.