By Gavin Gibbon
Hamad Buamim has urged citizens to remain vigilant in face of coronavirus threat
The president and CEO of Dubai Chamber believes the relaxation of strict lockdown restrictions is a significant step towards rebuilding the emirate’s economy.
However, Hamad Buamim has warned citizens to remain vigilant and adhere to continuing coronavirus guidelines.
Dubai is resuming the gradual reopening of business activities on Wednesday, with cinemas, and movie theatres, gyms and fitness centres, entertainment facilities like ice rinks and dolphinariums, all opening their doors to the public again – all have been closed since the end of March.
Businesses and individuals are still required to observe precautionary measures including wearing face masks and observing minimum physical distancing of two metres.
In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, Buamim said: “The decision to resume the economic activity in Dubai is a message of hope and resilience.
“We are optimistic that we are on the right path to resume life our path of development. We believe this will have a positive impact on our companies, institutions and economy, will support business continuity, and give a strong impetus to the various economic sectors that are cogs in the wheel of our growth and development.”
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Dubai has implemented strict measures to control the deadly virus, including terminating all passenger flights to and from the emirate, closing all schools and employing distance learning for students and the aforementioned mass closures.
Dubai also enforced a strict lockdown curfew for a two-week period and completed the national sterilisation programme during this time.
While the UAE has been recognised as one of the highest performing countries per head of population in terms of testing for coronavirus during the current pandemic.
“Dubai has proven to be a role model for the world in how to manage a crises and find solutions to support the economy, while protecting its citizens and residents thus enhancing community safety,” said Buamim.
However, in paying tribute to the many health workers who have been on the frontline in the fight against the virus, he stressed how important it is to keep following the rules set down by the government.
“The extraordinary management that Dubai has shown in crisis management of Covid-19 imposes on us all a great responsibility to continue to adhere to the appropriate preventive and precautions measures, and to follow all instructions that ensure business continuity and maintain our safety and health,” he said.
He added: “We must not forget that we arrived here thanks to the unsung heroes, who are our first line of defence – the health workers whose sacrifices for the nation are irreplaceable.
“We thank every single one of them, regardless of their role, who helped protect us. Let us not let the sacrifices of these heroes go in vain, let us abide by the announced government measures and at the same time get the economy moving.”