Coronavirus: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid leads virtual Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai said fines relating to visa overstays would be waived

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid led a virtual meeting of the Cabinet on Sunday, in which ministers agreed to waive fines for expired visas.

The Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai spoke with ministers in a video conference to avoid unnecessary social contact.

The Cabinet also examined mental health laws and looked at how the country's industrial sector could aid the fight against Covid-19.

No further details were given about the visa decision. It was the second virtual Cabinet meeting since the virus outbreak led to travel restrictions and instructions to stay home last month.

"During the meeting, we have also followed up on the new precautionary measures and mechanisms for continuing the government’s work," Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.

"We have approved the federal law on mental health and the executive regulations for the private health facilities, to boost the quality level of their services.

"Today, the UAE is moving forward like one team and co-operating like one family. Everyone is supporting the other to overcome this exceptional period the world is going through.

"We thank God for this kind spirit, safe country, and for the people’s synergy and solidarity."

In a statement following the cabinet meeting, Sheikh Mohammed went on to assure residents that officials would continue to do everything in their power to ease any public concern over the coronavirus outbreak.

"We are proud of the flexibility and readiness with which the UAE government deals with developments," he said.

"Our services are around the clock and every day we learn new things...and develop our tools to serve citizens.

"The real value of government work is what we add to the homeland and to the lives of residents.

"Life changes rapidly, but giving continues in our homes and in our institutions and in every spot on this earth.

"If we need to change the system of government work we will do so without hesitation."