The United Arab Emirates announced on Monday it will temporarily suspend all passenger and transit flights amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Emirati authorities “have decided to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE for two weeks as part of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19”, reported the official state news agency.
It said the decision — which is subject to review in two weeks — will take effect in 48 hours, adding: “Cargo and emergency evacuation flights would be exempt.”
The UAE, whose international airports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are major hubs, announced on Friday its first two deaths from the COVID-19 disease, aside from 150 cases so far.
Dubai carrier Emirates announced it would suspend all passenger flights by March 25. Gulf countries have imposed various restrictions to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the air transport sector.