It's the news that many have been waiting for: from tomorrow, Dubai is officially back in business, a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management, chaired by HH Sheikh Hamdan has concluded.
Sheikh Hamdan reveals, "I chaired a meeting with Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management, and we approved the resumption of economic activities from 6am to 11pm, starting 27 May. This decision was reached following a comprehensive analysis of health and socio-economic factors of the situation."
He continues, "We understand the pressure experienced by numerous sectors due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the UAE community remains strong. We are able to positively adapt to the current changes, due to the flexibility that characterizes many of our sectors."
Sectors approved for reopening include: retail and wholesale; airports operating for returning UAE residents and approved transit passengers; clinics; educational and training institutes; sports academies, gyms and fitness centres; cinemas; and entertainment and leisure attractions.
Warning us to proceed with caution, Sheikh Hamdan adds, "We urge all concerned entities in Dubai to intensify awareness efforts and ensure that everyone, at organisational and individual levels, adheres to the precautionary measures and guidelines to protect the well-being of our society."
These include: meeting the curfew; maintaining a distance of 2 metres at all times; 14-day quarantine for those returning to the country; masks worn at all times; and children under 12 and those over 60 being exempt from entering malls, cinemas, sports facilities and educational institutes.
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