Economy of Dubai is mainly dependent on the tourism and retail, but after the spread of Coronavirus Pandemic economy of Dubai is going through severe crisis due to worldwide lockdown. More than 10300 persons have reported COVID-19 infection in the UAE and 76 people have lost their lives, which is the second highest number in the Gulf nations after Saudi Arabia.
Dubai receives millions of tourist every year among which most of them come from UK, Saudi and India, but during this Pandemic time tourist footfall become zero. Now the government of Dubai is planning to open their doors for tourists by July, which is very ambitious. Helal Al Marri, Director General of DTCM ( Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing), says “July would be the time we start to see the air open up.” However, in an interview with Bloomberg TV this week, he warned that the process could be delayed until September. “Many international airports remain closed and really it’s about the bilateral discussions underway to have a co-ordinated approach to reopening.” So it is more dependent on the situation in other countries as well. But it is very clear that Dubai in itself has fasten the belt to welcome tourists. Many hotel owners are planning to increase their security staff by 30 percent to ensure stringent screening process.
Dubai was under the 24 hours lockdown, but on Friday this 24 hour lockdown was changed into 10 pm to 6 am curfew by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. Also the entry in malls and dine-in is now allowed in Dubai. Dubai has completed its sterilization process last week. However, the places of public gathering like mosques, cinemas and playgrounds will remain closed.