Several companies from the UAE are interested in building a marina in Odesa, as well as port infrastructure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said at a press conference on Monday.
“There is a question of ports. They [companies from the UAE] are professionals. They are now in our market. We are talking about a large project – the construction of a large marina in Odesa and a large separate port. And one of the companies we met will be in Ukraine this week, and we will talk specifically about river transport, in which they are professionals and are ready to build river ports,” he said.
According to the president, he discussed these issues with representatives of large companies from the UAE during a meeting with business as part of his trip to the UAE.
Zelensky also said that river transportation is the cheapest in Ukraine, while it can be a profitable industry for both business and the budget.
As reported, the UAE plans to increase the turnover of agricultural products with Ukraine tenfold and bring this figure to $2 billion per year.
Ukraine has received from the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 100,000 kits for rapid testing for COVID-19 IgM/IgG and 200,000 protective masks as part of agreements on medical care, the website of the President of Ukraine said on Wednesday.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Yulia Sokolovska, at a meeting with the wife of the UAE Ambassador, Mrs. Al-Kaabe, thanked the UAE for its support in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine and said that the tests and personal protective equipment received will be transferred to the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which will be distributed to them by regions.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President also congratulated the UAE Embassy in Ukraine on the occasion of the UAE National Day, which is celebrated on December 2.
The wife of Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Al-Kaabi donated over 5,000 rapid tests for coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to Kyiv.
As deputy head of Kyiv City State Administration Maryna Khonda said, these tests will be transferred to Kyiv orphanages and nursing homes for the elderly.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic did not recede. In the spring, when the phase of strict quarantine was underway, an outbreak of coronavirus was detected in Darnytsia orphanage boarding school for girls. Fortunately, everything went well, but in order to prevent such outbreaks in the future, we need to quickly and promptly identify disease and respond to cases of infection. These rapid tests will be sent to Sviatoshyn and Darnytsia orphanages, as well as to Kyiv geriatric boarding house and Kyiv boarding house of labor veterans. Thus, we will be able to control outbreaks of COVID-19 among people who are in the so-called ‘risk zone’, and not to allow further spread. I am very grateful to the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates for this assistance,” the press service of Kyiv City State Administration said.
It is noted that 724 people live in these four institutions: in orphanages 239 children with disabilities aged from seven to 35 years of various disorders, in geriatric institutions 485 people of retirement age.
Air Arabia has resumed regular flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Boryspil International Airport.
“Yesterday we met flight G9 261 from Sharjah and congratulated the crew on the resumption of regular flights,” the airport said on its Facebook page on Monday.
According to the Boryspil airport, Air Arabia will operate flights four times a week: on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a telephone conversation agreed to start work on common investment projects, the Foreign Ministry reports.
“We should focus on the implementation of investment projects with Ukraine in priority areas. We will work on a synergy of opportunities between Ukraine and the UAE to strengthen global food security,” the Foreign Ministry press service said citing Kuleba.
Kuleba, according to the agreements of the leaders of Ukraine and the UAE, reached during the telephone conversation on April 13, noted his readiness to intensify cooperation in investment, trade and economic spheres between Ukraine and the UAE.
Kuleba thanked the UAE for the humanitarian aid provided, as well as for helping bring back more than 3,000 Ukrainian citizens from the UAE and in transit from other regions of the world.
“We are deeply grateful to the UAE for humanitarian assistance, which is extremely important for Ukrainian doctors in the context of the fight against coronavirus. The UAE demonstrates partnership and true friendship,” the minister emphasized.
The foreign minister invited his colleague to visit Ukraine.
SkyUp Airlines suspends its flights to the United Arab Emirates from February 1, 2020 due to the closure of the airspace over Iran and Iraq.
“From February 1, 2020, SkyUp Airlines suspends its regular flights to Sharjah (UAE) from Zaporizhia, Lviv and Kharkiv. This is connected with the prolongation of the ban on flights in the airspace over the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq, which was introduced by the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine from January 9, 2020,” the company said on Friday.
SkyUp also said that bypassing of the territories of Iran and Iraq increases the duration of the flights and makes it necessary to make a stop to refuel the plane.