The 24-hour lockdown measures in Dubai - which have been in place since 7 April - have just been extended by a further seven days. However, according to Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - who chaired a virtual meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai and was briefed on the committee’s efforts and coordination with government entities to ensure a robust mechanism in dealing with developments linked to COVID-19 - it's working.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has this message for Dubai dwellers: "Thankfully, the situation is under control. Our only goal now is your protection, and achieving the health and safety of all will always rank highest on our priorities. We stand united with our frontline heroes for their eternally valued efforts. A huge thanks also goes out to all citizens and residents for their exemplary cooperation in implementing the precautionary measures taken in Dubai over the past few weeks."
The news of the seven-day extension comes as the Dubai Police announced updates the Movement Permit System with the addition of a permit for cash withdrawal which will only be issued once every five days, the removal of the medical visits permit which has now been replaced with a medical emergency section, and a new rule that means grocery shopping permit can only be requested once every three days. It was also revealed that Dubai Police adjusts timings to regulate crowding.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised, "The best is yet to come." He added, "Obstacles and challenges are two words that don’t exist in the UAE’s dictionary. We believe in hope and opportunity, and we’re confident in our ability to overcome the repercussions of COVID-19 through concerted efforts that will resume our stride to success. "