Emirates conducts on-site COVID-19 tests on passengers

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The tests were done in the group check-in area. (WAM)
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Dubai Health Authority provided the medical expertise. (WAM)
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Updated 16 April 2020

Emirates conducts on-site COVID-19 tests on passengers

  • The test results were available in 10 minutes
  • Emirates says they plan to scale up testing capabilities in the future

DUBAI: Emirates airline will conduct on-site coronavirus tests for passengers requiring certificates to enter destination countries, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.
Working with Dubai Health Authority, the airline administered the tests for passengers flying to Tunisia on April 15.
The test results were available in 10 minutes at the group check-in area at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3.
“We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights, this will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers travelling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates,” Emirates Chief Operating Office Adel Al-Redha said.
The airline has also modified their check-in and boarding procedures to follow social distancing requirements and asked all passengers to wear masks at all times, even onboard flights.

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Israel ‘will not oppose’ advanced US arms sales to UAE

Updated 23 October 2020

Israel ‘will not oppose’ advanced US arms sales to UAE

  • Israel has long opposed the sale of the fighter planes to any US allies in the region including Egypt and Jordan
  • Gantz has received assurances from Esper that Israel’s “qualitative military edge” would not suffer

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday his country would not oppose US sales of advanced weapon systems to the UAE, apparently referring to F-35 fighter planes.
“The prime minister and the defense minister both agree that since the US is upgrading Israel’s military capability and maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge, Israel will not oppose the sale of these systems to the UAE,” the premier said in a joint statement with Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Gantz held talks in the Pentagon Thursday where he got assurances from US Defense Secretary Mark Esper that Israel’s “qualitative military edge” would not suffer.
Israel has made its concerns clear following President Donald Trump’s confirmation last month that the United States could sell F-35s to the UAE.
It has long opposed the sale of the fighter planes to any US allies in the region including Egypt and Jordan, both of which have peace treaties with Israel.
Israel has already received a first consignment of F-35s, which are coveted by Gulf powers including the UAE.
The Netanyahu-Gantz statement came minutes after the announcement in Washington of the normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan.
It is the third Arab country to officially recognize the Jewish state this year, following the UAE and Bahrain.

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