India-made vaccines reached UAE capital Dubai on Tuesday, with external affairs minister S Jaishankar sharing images of Indian vaccines reaching the Gulf country.
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar wrote, “A special friend, a special relationship,” for Dubai.
India has so far gifted over 55 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines to its neighbouring countries and several of those in its extended neighbourhood, the ministry of external affairs had earlier said.
Earlier, the GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited and GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo had signed an MoU with Dubai Airports for building an exclusive Vaccine Air Freight Corridor Product called ‘HYDXB-VAXCOR (Hyderabad to Dubai global Vaccine Corridor). The MoU was signed in the backdrop of the city becoming a hub for the Covid-19 vaccine and other antidotes with several vaccine manufacturers having their bases.
As per the MoU, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and Dubai Airports will be according to priority to the temperature-sensitive vaccine shipments moving between both the airports for further connections to various continents as part of the “HYDXB-VAXCOR” and build this service offering as a key differentiator and value proposition for the vaccine customers and logistics stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Dubai on Monday ordered bars and pubs to close until the end of the month to suppress a spike in coronavirus cases, after tourists flocked to the emirate over the holiday period.
The closures, effective from Tuesday, are among a raft of steps “taken in response to rising violations of preventive measures,” authorities said in a statement.
Indoor venues, including cinemas and sports venues, will have their capacity cut by half.
Dubai’s vast shopping malls, as well as hotels, swimming pools and private beaches, must operate at 70 percent of capacity.
Restaurants and cafes are required to close by 1.00 am.