In response to an Associated Press story about the COVID-19 situation in Dubai, the Government of Dubai Media Office has reiterated that the emirate continues to maintain the highest levels of protection against the pandemic and compliance with preventive measures.
Dubai has started a massive free vaccination campaign, with more than 120 vaccination centres set up; several more will be established in the coming weeks.
The UAE has so far administered 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, covering a fifth of its population; authorities are set to further speed up the vaccination campaign.
The UAE has one of the world’s lowest COVID-19 death rates of 0.3% by virtue of its highly advanced and well-staffed healthcare infrastructure.
Dubai authorities follow a zero-tolerance policy in enforcing preventive guidelines including mask-wearing, social distancing and precautionary measures in all restaurants, hotels, social gatherings and entertainment outlets.
Regular and widespread inspections are carried out to ensure stringent adherence to precautionary measures by businesses and public facilities; violators face severe penalties.
Dubai's Emirates offers the global airline industry’s first comprehensive multi-risk travel insurance coverage and COVID-19 cover for all its customers, which includes out-of-country emergency medical expenses of up to US$500,000.
Economically, Dubai continues to demonstrate its resilience from the pandemic’s repercussions.
Supported by a massive AED7.1 billion stimulus package, Dubai has seen a strong rebound in sectors across the economy.
The 4% annual increase in new licenses issued by the Dubai Economy in 2020, clearly demonstrates the renewed rise of growth opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Customs transactions recorded by Dubai Customs saw a significant rise of 23% to reach 16 million in 2020, despite the challenging global environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubai’s robust economic policies have ensured financial stability and prudent debt management; Dubai World completed recently repaid its $8.2 billion debt more than two years ahead of schedule.
Dubai has also served as a global model for crisis preparedness and transition to an online environment.
Government departments have offered undisrupted services due to its investment in advanced digital platforms throughout the pandemic.