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Afghan refugees in UAE ask: ‘Who will be left to rebuild our country?’

Nasreen Aziz was 12 when the Taliban first took hold of Afghanistan. While she was educated at home, music gave her solace — as it does now. Dancing to the Arabic, Persian and Hindi tunes being played on her phone gives her a brief window of joy in the small room that she shares with her niece and two other single women in Abu Dhabi’s Humanitarian City, where 10,000 Afghan evacuees are waiting in transit.

Mental crisis waits for Afghan children who know too much

There’s an air of maturity far beyond her years about Afri. As her mother weeps for the hopes and dreams she left behind in Kabul, the five-year-old tells her not to cry, gently pulling the hair from her eyes. It has been three days since they landed in Doha from Kabul and here, in a four-bedroom villa where they will live until their next move, the pair often talk of home. Afri’s mother, Lima, cries frequently.

What it's like to travel to Tbilisi now: 'Georgian people have a strong spirit'

In July, Tbilisi’s old town is full of life. Buskers bring joy to passers-by; the long summer days mean locals meander the streets late into the evening; and families and friends gather for picnics in the city’s green spaces, or sit and chat on bench-lined pavements. But look a little closer and it is impossible to ignore the havoc the pandemic has wrought on Georgia's tourism industry, which accounts for 20 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.

How Dubai is paying the price for letting in tourists

(CNN) — Take a passing glance at Dubai, and you may think life is back to normal. In recent weeks, the bustling city has been a sparkling attraction for tourists, especially from Europe, trying to escape the brutal winter and strict coronavirus lockdowns. But as tens of thousands of visitors flocked there during its peak year-end season, the virus inevitably caught up with the city despite precautions aimed at limiting its spread. Cases began to rise, nearly quadrupling since November.

Israel exports settlement wines to United Arab Emirates in latest stage of Abraham Accords

Israel has begun exporting wine, olive oil and honey from West Bank settlements to the United Arab Emirates, a major deal secured by the Abraham Accords which has delighted Jewish expats but alarmed Palestinian leaders. Tura Winery, in the Rehelim settlement, and Paradise Honey in Hermesh, have sent shipments to Emirati clients which they hope will quench a thirst in the Gulf state’s Jewish community for kosher wines.

How the cost of Covid-19 testing varies around the world

As Covid-19 testing for travel becomes compulsory around the world, disparities in pricing, availability, speed and service levels remain significant. Residents returning to Dubai over the festive period report paying up to Dh900 for a Covid-19 PCR test, which added huge costs and logistical issues to their travel arrangements. Even within a single country, states and provinces can have different protocols and prices, making it difficult to plan this leg of a trip.
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