As UAE malls fall silent amid coronavirus controls, the supermarkets will remain open

UAE will close its shopping malls starting on Tuesday. (File/AFP)
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Updated 24 March 2020

As UAE malls fall silent amid coronavirus controls, the supermarkets will remain open

  • It is not a complete close down, the UAE’s supermarkets will remain open, allowing people to buy the supplies they need
  • Supermarkets are providing hand sanitizers at entrances, asking staff to wear masks and using floor markings to encourage social distancing.

DUBAI: As the UAE’s iconic malls close on Wednesday amid coronavirus concerns, their boulevard like walk ways will fall silent, shoppers told to remain in their homes.

It is not a complete close down,  the UAE’s supermarkets will remain open, allowing people to buy the supplies they need.
Brands like Lulu Group, Union Coop, Al-Maya Supermarkets, Choithrams, Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society and Spar group, Spinneys and Carrefour, will operate according to their usual schedules, including 24-hour shops.
Supermarkets are providing hand sanitizers at entrances, asking staff to wear masks and using floor markings to encourage social distancing.
UAE authorities said on Sunday that all shopping malls will close down after 48 hours for a period of two weeks. Meanwhile, all restaurants, cafes and cafeterias in Dubai were closed on Sunday for two weeks.
Earlier, private and public beaches, parks, pools and gyms were also closed for the same period of time.
The decisions come as part of the country’s regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus.


Dubai Metro line extension will open to public in September

Updated 09 July 2020

Dubai Metro line extension will open to public in September

  • The $2.9 billion project, called Metro Route 2020, adds seven stations to the city’s Red Line
  • The new stations will serve communities in the southern part of Dubai

DUBAI: The Dubai Metro line’s 15-kilometer route extension was inaugurated on Wednesday and will be open to the public in September.

The $2.9 billion project, called Metro Route 2020, adds seven stations to the city’s Red Line, including one for the Expo 2020 site.

“The project offers safe and smooth transport for Expo visitors and residents of Dubai communities,” a statement carried by state-run WAM said.

The expansion comes as part of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s masterplan to provide an integrated mass transit system comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transport.

The new stations will serve communities in the southern part of Dubai, including The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park.