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In the midst of a global pandemic, everything appears to be a challenge (not the Instagram workout challenges). We’re here to shed some light on the dark cloud’s silver lining. It’s a cliché for a reason.

In the UAE, we’ve seen compassion come to life. As residents #StayHome and do their part to help flatten the curve, businesses and individuals have not forgotten about those on the frontlines. Most recently, in their efforts to applaud healthcare workers and their relentless contribution to combating Covid-19, LuLu stores have introduced priority checkout counters and shopping carts for healthcare workers. Skipping the lines in order to eliminate their daily stress at hospitals is a selfless gesture in the name of compassion.

The country now offers a mobile drive-through test center, located in Sheikh Zayed Sports City, for the community to help get tested for Covid-19 within a five-minute span. In collaboration with the capital’s Department of Health, this is an advancement in the healthcare field to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its residents.

Furthermore, the launch of the Dubai Consumer helpline is yet another initiative to ensure the protection of its residents. The purpose of the helpline is for consumers to report price hikes in commodities so businesses do not misuse in-store traffic during this period.

For residents at home with young ones, Audible, in the UAE, has waived their fee to offer free audiobooks for entertainment including unlimited streaming. With a plethora of titles to choose from across six languages, the platform promises no registration but in fact direct access from

#GreaterThanCorona is a new campaign launched by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau in collaboration with the Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Department, to relay authentic messages on the ever-changing status of Covid-19. To ensure anxiety-free updates and avoid the spreading of misinformation, this initiative is a much-needed step in the right direction.

Additionally, 30 years ago there was a global ban against usage of certain chemicals due to the damage it causes to the ozone layer (the layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful radiation). Well, the previously depleted layer (due to air pollution and chemical emissions) is now self-recovering due to the reduction of carbon productions and pollution rates globally as people continue to #StayHome.

For a moment, let’s step back and look at the bigger picture; the world has come together to help each other. With musical performances on balconies and live games on social media, everyone is here to help manage the anxiety.

Let’s continue to virtually support each other and we’ll be back to normalcy in no time. #StayHome #StaySafe

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