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Dubai hopes to reopen tourism by July 2020


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

29th Apr, 2020. 10:06 am
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Dubai is optimist of opening its tourism by July this year, after taking control on novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

Media reports said that Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said that Dubai administration aims to reopen its tourism by July 2020.

In an interview  Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Al Marri said, “The reopening process will be gradual and could be delayed until September, depending on the situation and global trends surrounding Covid-19.”

“The thing about the scenario is a global question. Many countries remain closed and it’s more about the bilateral discussion.” The emirate’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism, trade and retail.

Dubai began to ease the lockdown restrictions last week including reopening shopping malls after their closure for nearly a month.

In 2019, Dubai welcomed 16.7 million tourists. The top three important markets after China were Saudi Arabia, India and the United Kingdom.

Tourism is a key sector for Dubai. Al Marri is optimistic and said it will bounce back with a heavy focus on health and hygiene.

On the other hand,  Another 541 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UAE, pushing the total number of COVID-19 infections to 11,380, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Tuesday.

Seven more deaths from the novel virus have also confirmed, taking the country’s death toll to 89.

According to the ministry, the deceased, of various nationalities, suffered from pre-existing chronic illnesses coinciding with the coronavirus infection, which resulted in complications that led to their deaths.
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