The UAE’S 10 Million Meals community food drive exceeded its aim by a further 5.3 million meals, with more than 100,000 people of 115 nationalities taking part in the initiative, powered by around a thousand volunteers distributing meals every day.
And as restrictions have eased, with the UAE government announcing the end of the National Sterilisation Programme and nightly curfew on June 24, many people now feel comfortable enough to return to the Emirates’ restaurants, hotels and beaches.
While, according to Linkedin, hiring in the UAE fell by 60 percent in April compared with the same period last year, the global platform said in reports published in early June that it was hesitantly optimistic that the world is through the worst of its hiring slumps, despite there being a long road ahead to full recovery. At the time of writing, businesses in Dubai are now able to reopen at 100 percent capacity, and new brands, companies and even restaurants are tentively opening their doors.
The pandemic is far from over in many countries, and the economic impact will undoubtedly be felt worldwide for some time to come.
But with tourists allowed to enter Dubai from July 7 and citizens and residents now permitted to travel outside the country, there’s a cautious optimism spreading across the UAE.
It’s on all of us to go about our lives and business responsibly, and follow social distancing advice, to see that continue.
Length of UAE residence
42% Ten years or more
20% 6-9 years
21% 3-5 years
11% 1-2 years
6% Less than a year