KT's top stories this week: Ramadan Covid rules in UAE; Dhoni's monk avatar; Dubai 2040

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Published on March 19, 2021 at 10.52

In case you missed them, here's a roundup of some of the most-read headlines from the last seven days

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Photos: Stunningly green Dubai; what city will look like in 20 years

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, posted a series of photos that offer a glimpse of how the city will look in 20 years, once the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan is implemented. The plan will see 60 per cent of the city become nature havens and increase the number of beaches by 400 per cent. >> Read here

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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni's new monk avatar goes viral

On Saturday, the official broadcasters of the IPL, Star Sports, posted Dhoni's photo, which shows him rocking the shaven head look in a monk avatar. The image quickly went viral, with social media users being quick to make memes out of the image. The reason for his avatar was revealed 24 hours later when he released a video to announce the Indian Premier League’s new slogan. >> Read here

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Video: Currency notes showered on guests from helicopter at Pakistani wedding

A viral video clip showed a wedding procession being showered with money and rose petalss by an overhead helicopter in Pakistan. According to ARY News, the brothers of the groom had hired the helicopter to create the spectacle, which took place in Punjab's Mandi Bahauddin. >> Read here

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UAE Ramadan 2021: Taraweeh prayers to resume; Covid rules announced

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announced on Tuesday Taraweeh prayers could be hosted in mosques across the country if strict protocols were followed. These rules included capping the prayer time at 30 minutes, closing women’s prayer halls, suspending in-person religious lessons, and more. >> Read here

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Dubai: 'Slow' drivers asked to get off the fast lane

The Dubai Police launched a campaign to urge motorists to give way to emergency and overtaking vehicles on the fast lane. It stressed that police could issue a Dh400 penalty and 4 black points against motorists who fail to do so. The drive also called on drivers to use indicators when changing lanes and maintain a safe distance between vehicles to avoid a collision. >> Read here

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UAE: Got Covid vaccine? Travel to 6 countries worry-free

In a bid to recover their tourism sector, multiple countries have announced that providing proof of vaccination against Covid-19 will exempt travellers from mandatory quarantine and/or screening requirements. These countries included Seychelles, Thailand, Romania, Georgia, Estonia and Greece. >> Read here

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UAE jobs in demand: 9am to 6pm office hours will be a thing of the past

Senior executives from the human resources sector and organisational consulting firms said that the future of work in the UAE would no longer be regular office hours, but a push to the gig economy amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as companies were increasingly looking to hire freelancers to deliver projects and raise the efficiency bar. >> Read here

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