KUWAIT, Dec 27 (KUNA) -- Here are the main events of the GCC countries through the year 2021, we continue with the United Arab of Emirates:
Jan. 9 : United Arab Emirates announces reopening of air, sea, and land borders with Qatar.
Jan. 21 : Dubai suspends entertainment activities in restaurants and hotels as a precaution against the continued rise in coronavirus cases in the country.
Feb. 1 : Dubai announces a new set of Covid-19 precautionary measures including limiting capacity at indoor venues, and cinemas as well as entertainment and sports venues to be reduced to 50 per cent of maximum capacity.
Feb. 3 : UAE announces that students will return to class rooms from Feb. 14 in a gradual and phased manner for all grades in public schools, until the end of the school year.
Feb. 9 : UAE's Hope Proper, the first interplanetary mission undertaken by an Arab nation, arrives in Mars successfully.
Feb. 11 : UAE reshuffles cabinet as Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan has been appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Anwar Gargash appointed as diplomatic advisor to the President.
Feb. 25 : Dubai renames main street in honour Kuwait's late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad.
March 22 : The United Arab Emirates implements a 10-year plan to increase the industrial sector's contribution to the GDP from its current USD 36 billion to USD 82 billion by 2031.
March 24 : Deputy ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashed Al Maktoum, dies at the age of 75.
March 29 : UAE-made Covid vaccine, Hayat-Vas production begins, the first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine in the region to be manufactured by a newly created joint venture between Abu Dhabi's G42 and Sinopharm.
April 6: The UAE unveiled its first nuclear energy plant (Barakah).
May 14: Emirati and Greek Foreign Ministries signed a "safe travel corridor" agreement.
May 21: UAE and Egypt launched (Zayed 3) joint military exercise, and will continue until May 30.
May 29: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) approved the emergency use of a highly-effective treatment for COVID-19, becoming the first country in the world to both license and enable immediate patient use.
June 11: UAE suspended entry of passengers from Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.
June 15: UAE advanced to the final round of Asian Qualifiers for World Cup-2022 after beating Vietnam.
June 16: UAE's Abu Dhabi received its first shipment of the coronavirus Sotrovimab medication.
June 17: Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee approved physical school learning for the 2021-22 academic year.
June 21: UAE suspended flights from Liberia, Sierra Leon, Namibia.
June 25: Abu Dhabi renewable energy company (Masdar) signed a strategic agreement to develop solar projects in Iraq.
July 10: The UAE banned travelers from Indonesia and Afghanistan from entering the country, part of anti-Covid measures.
July 14: The UAE announced USD 763.7 million investments in oil wells to boost production to five million barrels per day by 2030.
Aug 3: The UAE sends two cargo planes to Tunisia carrying 47 tons of medical supplies, a number of respirators and oxygen cylinders related to addressing the (Coronavirus) pandemic and limiting its repercussions.
Aug 5: UAE announces the exclusion of new categories of travelers from some countries from which arrivals have been banned, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.
Aug 11: Dubai's civil defense teams succeed in controlling a fire at a plastics factory in Jebel Ali area and evacuating all its employees.
Aug 16: The UAE General Authority for Civil Aviation announces the suspension of flights to Afghanistan airports due to current events.
Aug 18: UAE announces the reception of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family for humanitarian reasons.
Aug 20: UAE announces its agreement to host 5,000 Afghan citizens evacuated from Afghanistan ahead of their trip to other countries.
Aug 30: UAE announces that it will open the door to receiving applications for tourist visas for vaccinated tourists from all countries who have received full doses of the WHO-approved vaccine against Covid-19 virus.
Aug 30: The UAE issues a law to promote and protect human rights and freedoms, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, laws in force in the country, and relevant international charters, covenants, and agreements.
Sept 5: Abu Dhabi welcomes all fully vaccinated tourists and residents travelling from all countries around the world.
Sept 5: United Arab Emirates announces the 'Principles of the 50' document, the first project within the (projects of the next 50 years) which will form a strategic roadmap for the country's new era of political, economic and social development.
Sept 16: The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom signs a "new bilateral working agreement for the Partnership for the Future" to invest USD 13.8 billion in British projects.
Sept 25: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approves a new federal government cabinet.
Oct 5: UAE announced a new space mission which included the construction of a space ship that could travel 3.6 billion kilometers to reach Saturn and seven planets, and land on the last planet. The journey lasts for five years.
Oct 6: The government gave public sector employees an exceptional six-day leave to allow them and their families visit Expo Dubai 2020.
Oct 30: UAE withdrew its diplomats from Lebanon and banned citizens from traveling to Lebanon.
Nov. 3: UAE celebrated the Flag Day which commemorated assumption of office of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Nov 9: UAE and Bahrain signed a number of MoUs. Nov 10: Industry and Technology minister Dr. Sultan Al-Jaber said the UAE would host the climate summit (COP28) in 2023.
Nov. 24: Turkey and UAE signed cooperation agreements. Nov. 25: International Police, Interpol, elected UAE's Ahmad Al-Raisi as president.
Nov. 29: UAE suspended travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique.
Dec. 1: The UAE registered the first Omicron case.
Dec. 2: The UAE and France announced that Paris would supply the UAE armed forces with 80 Rafale jet fighters and 12 Caracal helicopters with a value of USD 18.75 billion.
Dec. 3: UAE and France signed cooperation agreements and MoUs to expand their strategic partnership.
Dec. 7: The UAE government approved new working days for the public sector, through which people would work full days from Monday until Thursday while Friday would be a half day. The weekends would be on Saturday and Sunday. The new system would take effect-starting January.
Dec. 13: UAE news agency announced that Abu Dhabi and Israel voiced desire to boost trade and economic relations through establishment of a fund for research and development.
Dec. 15: UAE suspended travelers from Congo starting December 17.
Dec. 17: Mohammad bin Sulayem elected president of international Automobile Association (FIA) to be the first Arab occupying this position.
Dec. 19: UAE announced only vaccinated people would be entering government departments starting January 3, 2022. (end) ed