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UAE to lift COVID-related restrictions by mid-February


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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The UAE has announced that it will lift all COVID-19 related restrictions and return to full capacity by mid-February.  

The authorities said, “We announce the decision to gradually cancel restrictions covering all activities and events in UAE in various economic, tourism & entertainment facilities, as well as in shopping centres & modes of transportation, aimed at reaching their full capacities by mid-February.”

The UAE is a leading model of flexibly and professionally addressing the crisis, due to the close cooperation between national authorities and concerned sectors.

National authorities are working around the clock to protect the health of people.

The experts said that relevant national sectors are constantly monitoring the pandemic, to update relevant plans and procedures.

Pandemic indicators in the country have decreased compared to vaccination rates and booster shot provision.

The remarkable commitment of community members and their effective contributions to the implementation of precautionary and preventive measures helped decrease the number of cases recorded, with a clear decrease in the admission rate of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals.

This is aided by a decrease in infections and the implementation of the necessary measures to ensure recovery, in light of the keenness to sustain a strategic balance between various sectors.

A decision was also made to raise the maximum capacity of social events, including weddings and funerals, and local authorities will determine the allowed number of participants.

Regarding mosques and places of worship, the safe distance is reduced to one metre while the pandemic will be monitored and precautionary measures will be adjusted accordingly.

The experts said, “We urge the public to follow the green pass system on the AlHosn application, and local crisis and disaster teams in each emirate will decide on local capacities.” 

Relevant authorities will continue monitoring adherence to the precautionary measures and take legal action against violators.

Regular analyses of decisions and procedures play a key role in ensuring they are keeping pace with the overall situation.

All authorities are keen to cooperate with the health sector, to ensure the country’s readiness to deal with pandemics.

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Ease in restrictions will spice up tourism sector

Al Bandar Rotana, a five-star hotel with a prime waterfront outlook, has warmly welcomed the government’s announcement to lift capacity limits at shopping malls, entertainment and F&B venues, public transport and social gatherings from February 15.

Ayman Ashor, General Manager, Al Bandar Rotana and Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana hotel, said that lifting restrictions would provide more avenues to accommodate more guests, host larger events and outside catering.

“This move will bring more business which will accelerate the economic growth after the pandemic. We look forward to ending this pandemic.”

“Easing restrictions is a clear indicator that the COVID 19 may soon be an endemic virus like any other viruses. We look forward to families and the general public enjoying each and every moment with their loved ones when they go out and celebrate the new norm.” Ashor added.

“The move would directly impact an increase in footfall as more consumers will be out and about. With fears allayed and rising consumer confidence in the healthcare system of the UAE, the move will no doubt increase revenue over all business sectors.”

“It’s a great move by the government, and we expect to see more family gatherings at our property.”

“We invite all the families, couples, business men and women to experience the most amazing Dubai skyline view from Al Bandar Rotana Hotel.”

“With an outstanding choice of venues and irresistible promotions, the hotel has got unique experiences waiting for you.”

“The Sunday Family brunch at Salt & Pepper. Guests can gather family and friends to indulge with scrumptious food and irresistible drinks.

A Lazy Saturday Brunch at Morgan’s Gastropub begins from a fresh salad to bite-sized appetizers, a variety of grills, and a wrap up with a half meter of your favorite desserts.

Guests can also impress their loved ones with the most scenic experience Day from Gusto Italian Restaurant.

Enjoy the most mesmerizing view of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Skylines from Gusto.

23 Feb 2022